Getting a TV antenna is something that many people do to get a reception as good as possible on their TVs. If you are thinking about getting an antenna for your house, one of the most important things to consider is to where you are going to put it. It doesn't matter if you are installing it yourself or if you're hiring a professional; it's important you consider where you want your antenna so it fits your preferences while still receiving the best possible reception.

Find out where the broadcasting antenna is

The first thing you need to find out is where the closest broadcasting antenna is. This is easily done by consulting your local government or electrician. Once you've figured this out, you know in what direction your antenna should point. You'll also know if there are structures or land obstructing the transmission from the broadcasting antenna to your house. If you're close to the broadcasting antenna and don't have any major obstacles between it and your house, a small TV antenna can be placed almost anywhere on your property while still having good reception. If the nearest antenna is far away and is located behind high mountains, you might need to mount your antenna on a mast to receive any type of reception at all.

Indoors or outdoors

Another important choice you have to make for your TV antenna installation is whether you want to install it indoors or outdoors. Indoor antennas might have a weaker reception, regardless of where the broadcasting antenna is located. The major reason to install the antenna inside is usually of aesthetic nature, as many people dislike the look of an antenna on the roof or the wall of their house. If you absolutely don't want to place your antenna outdoors, you should try placing it as high up in your house as possible, preferably close to a window.

Finding the best spot

To make sure you get the optimal reception on your TV, you need to be very thorough with checking the signal while you're installing the antenna. Plug it in to a television before you've properly mounted it and try some locations out. Make sure you walk across your roof while spinning the antenna to point in different directions. Have someone to help you by looking at the TV downstairs and telling you when you're getting the best picture. When you have decided on where to put the antenna, you should place it there temporarily and go through all the channels on your TV. If any channel that you know you should have is missing, you might want to start over with the installation.