When designing a dream outdoor space, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to imagine the ultimate hot tub hang-out area–and that dream often includes a TV you can view from the spa. If you have your heart set on adding a television to your wet and wild space, there are a few things you need to do to ensure a safe installation.
Electronics and water aren’t necessarily meant to go hand-in-hand, no matter how much we might want them to. So how can you go about creating your dream outdoor space safely and without the help of an expert? Here are a few tips:
1. Pick the right TV
When shopping for a TV to install near your hot tub, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing a model that is weatherproof and designed for outdoor use. Indoor TVs simply won’t cut it–they aren’t built to withstand direct sunlight, heat, or humidity, and they could end up being a very costly mistake. You can, however, get a case for an indoor TV that will make it equivalent to an outdoor TV in its ability to withstand weather.
2. Place your TV strategically
Once you’ve got the right TV for the job, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to put it. The location of your TV is key to keeping it safe from water damage, so avoid placing it directly above the hot tub or anywhere it could potentially get splashed. If you have a gazebo or pergola over your hot tub, that’s the perfect spot for your TV. Not only will it be out of the way of any potential water damage, but you’ll also be able to enjoy your show or game without worrying about the sun ruining your view.
3. Protect your TV from the elements
Even if you’ve chosen a weatherproof TV and found the perfect spot for it, you’ll still need to take some extra steps to protect it from the elements. A good rule of thumb is to treat your outdoor TV like you would any other piece of patio furniture–cover it when it’s not in use. This will help extend its lifespan and keep it looking good as new for years to come. You can find TV covers specifically designed for outdoor use, or you can repurpose a patio furniture cover.
4. Use surge protection
Water and electricity don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a TV near your hot tub. To protect your TV (and your entire outdoor space) from any potential water damage, be sure to plug it into a surge protector. This will help prevent any electrical shorts that could occur if water were to come into contact with the TV or its power source. There are also electrical codes in place that requires electric devices to be a certain distance from hot tubs, so you might want to check with your electrician to ensure you’re following all necessary codes.
5. Keep it away from chemicals
If you have your TV mounted near your hot tub, be aware that it could be exposed to chemicals like chlorine and bromine. These chemicals can damage the TV over time, so it’s important to wipe it down regularly with a damp cloth. You may also want to consider investing in a cover for your TV to further protect it from the elements.
Cal Spas Minnesota is Here to Help Create Your Dream Space
With these tips in mind, you can safely install a TV near your hot tub and enjoy all your favorite shows and movies in the great outdoors. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your investment.
If you have any questions about safely installing a TV near your hot tub, or if you need help finding the right model for your space, please contact your local experts at Cal Spas Minnesota. We’re always happy to help!