Most people use their TV every day. With use and time come wear and tear, but most people don’t know how to care for their TV beyond dusting it off from time to time. TVs have complex internal electronics but can be cared for quite simply if you know-how. If you would like to get the most out of your TV then follow these tips for looking after and maintaining your TV that way you don’t rely on just TV insurance.
Turn off your TV
Did you know that every TV has a lifespan? Most TVs can do about 65,000 hours – that’s about 7.5 years! But if your TV doesn’t get downtime in between watches this number decreases significantly. If you frequently leave your TV on in the background or tend to fall asleep with your TV on, then you might want to think about changing up your habits and making sure you switch off your TV. You’ll thank us in the long run for sure.
Use a Surge Protector
Although the fuse in your plug will protect your TV to a certain extent by protecting the cable, if there are any severe electrical surges then your TV is likely to suffer damage. Surges happen when the power cuts or comes back on suddenly, they are frequent in lightning storms, but can also happen during routine maintenance performed by your electricity provider. A surge protector is like an adaptor and prevents the surge of electricity from ever reaching your appliance.
Adjust the Brightness
Just like your laptop or phone screen, your TV uses more energy when it is working at maximum brightness. Not only will it draw more power, it is also taxing on the TV itself. When you reduce the brightness of your TV you are allowing your TV to function at a more moderate level, thus extending its use. Your eyes will also thank you as a bright TV is more likely to create eye-strain.
Let your TV Breath
Electricity generates heat. Most electronics have internal cooling systems to make sure they don’t overheat, but you can still help out by making sure there is good ventilation around your TV. Don’t wedge it in between soft furnishings and books as this creates a very small space for air to move and cool down. Your TV will last longest when it has plenty of space, isn’t in direct sunlight, and doesn’t have humid air.
Watch what Comes Close
This might go without saying, but sharp and heavy objects can damage your TV frame, screen, or cable. Make sure your TV is protected, your cables are neat and tucked away, and there are no sharp or heavy objects nearby that could fall into or onto your TV. Teach children proper TV care as well to try avoid damage caused by games and rough-housing.
Clean your TV
When dust gathers on your TV it can make it hard to see the screen, but dust accumulation in and around the electronics of your TV can cause electrical faults and breakdowns. Use anti-static microfibre cloths to gently wipe away dirt and dust. You can buy electronics wipes which are specially designed to clean electronics like TVS without any moisture residue. It is also helpful to vacuum regularly around your TV so that there is less dust buildup in the environment and fewer airborne particles.
Try to avoid placing your TV near windows or radiators. Heat can cause damage to the electrics, while cold temperatures around a TV that is in use can cause condensation and moisture damage. Wherever possible, try to keep your TV in a moderate and stable area where there are no big temperature fluctuations.