Climate Control for a TV: TV Enclosures & More

Climate Control for a TV: TV Enclosures & More

Posted by Protective Enclosures Company on 28th Mar 2022

Climate Control for TV - The TV Shield

 Climate Control Solutions: Fan for Outdoor TV Cabinet and More 

If you’re looking for climate control for a TV, outdoor TV cabinets are the way to go. This guide dives into climate control solutions for an outdoor TV enclosure. Sometimes outdoor TV enclosures are also referred to as outdoor TV cabinets, weatherproof TV cases, outdoor TV boxes, or outdoor TV covers. It is good to note that outdoor covers could refer to either a true outdoor enclosure that is a full hard material shell which protects a TV from impact or it could refer to a cloth cover that serves as a dust cover rather than a robust protection case. Explore this guide to better understand climate control considerations and options for TVs.

Article Table of Context

Why TVs Don’t Fare Well Outside….

Common Threats to Outdoor TVs:

1) Climates (hot and cold temperatures)

2) Storms

3) Sun damage

4) Rain and water splashes

5) Moisture

6) Snow

7) Wind

8) Flying objects (footballs, heavy wind carrying sand or sticks, etc.)

9) Bugs crawling inside

10) Other pests, birds, etc.

11) Theft or tampering

 What is Climate Control in the Context of Outdoor TV Enclosures? 

Similar to the general definition of climate control , outdoor TV enclosure climate control refers to the enclosure or add-ons to the enclosure providing artificial control of air temperature, humidity, and movement. The best outdoor TV cabinets are built with vents which allow airflow through the enclosure. Can a TV and cold weather mix? Can a TV overheat? Those concerns and more are easily addressed with options like a fan for an outdoor TV cabinet, heaters, moisture control kits, and more can be helpful TV enclosure features to keep TVs regulated and lasting.

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Why Outdoor TV Cabinets Need Climate Control Accessories

It is important that a TV enclosure provide climate control for a TV because enclosures themselves can help with temperature regulation, but many times added heaters or fans are helpful.

TVs generate heat. Depending on the outside temperature, TVs can overheat inside a TV cabinet. On the other hand, in freezing temperatures, TVs can become too cold and shut down. In those situations, it is good to have a heater in the enclosure. It is always ideal for enclosures to have basic ventilation which allows air flow and prevents moisture damage, but sometimes an added fan for an outdoor TV cabinet or heater are needed.

 How Do I Protect My Outdoor TV from the Elements? 

What is the best way to protect a TV outside? An outdoor TV enclosure is generally considered the best way to put a TV outside. From keeping temperature regulated to protecting TVs from water and more, below are some additional tips to keep TVs safe from weather and outdoor threats.

o When deciding to place a TV outside and choosing where to place the TV, make sure to consider all potential outdoor threats such as climate, storms, sun damage, moisture, rain, water splashes, snow, wind, flying objects, bugs, other pests, birds, theft, or tampering

o Generally, placing the TV in a TV enclosure is the safest way to put the TV in the elements

o Placing the TV in a shaded area can help keep TV temperatures better regulated and prevent sun glare or damage

o To truly make sure the TV doesn’t overheat it is ideal to consider an enclosure with a fan

o For most TVs you can adjust settings to reduce heat for example you can change the picture mode from vivid to standard or decrease the brightness to reduce power consumption and produce less heat ( Sony)

o TVs are not designed to get wet and getting a TV wet could be a fire hazard, so when putting a TV outside either choose a dry location or get a water-resistant TV cabinet

o Pollen, dust, and other outdoor debris not only make TVs dirty but can damage them… however an outdoor TV enclosure or cover can keep the product cleaner and prevent damage

o Make sure to use weatherproof cables and get a TV enclosure large enough that it can fit any other devices that can’t be exposed to the elements (such as a Roku stick, Apple TV, mini-PC, etc.)

o When planning TV or digital display placement where it needs weatherproofing, climate control, or general defense, it is important to use a weatherproof or weather protected mount, accessories, cords, speakers, plug points, sockets, etc.

The TV Shield PRO in the Snow Outdoor TV Enclosure

 What is an Outdoor TV Cabinet? 

An outdoor TV cabinet is a weatherproof enclosure that keeps a TV protected against outdoor elements. There are variations that provide less or more defense for TVs. Some basic TV covers only provide mild dust protection while top-of-the-line outdoor TV cabinets provide robust impact resistance, temperature control for hot or cold temperatures, moisture control, pest prevention, tampering and theft defense, and more.

What are Common Outdoor TV Cabinet Accessories?

Outdoor TV accessories are available for almost any harsh environment. For anyone looking to decide on accessories for an outdoor TV enclosure, below are some accessories that may be helpful depending on climate and application.

Fan for Outdoor TV Cabinet

o Why use a fan?

Using a fan in a TV enclosure is ideal not only to regulate temperature but also to support ventilation and prevent moisture damage. Keep in mind heat can also resonate from a TV. So, typically a fan is recommended if the interior temperature of the enclosure would otherwise reach 78°F or higher.

o Can a TV overheat?
TVs can overheat. Different TVs withstand different temperatures, but generally a good idea to keeps TVs temperature regulated. For example, Sony advises, “As with all electronics products, ensure the TV has sufficient ventilation to avoid causing it to overheat. In addition, please change the Picture mode from Vivid to Standard or decrease the Brightness to reduce power consumption and produce less heat.”

o In what environments does a TV need a fan to stay cooled down?

Some places TVs and digital displays need a fan or fans to stay cool are outdoors in warmer climates or indoors in hotter environments that are not air conditioned or even that are designed to be hot. From residential yards, bathrooms, and pool houses to restaurants, theme parks, schools, hospitals, warehouses, community centers, banks, and many more locations, climate control TV and digital display enclosures are used in many environments.

o When is a fan not the best idea?

Fans are not ideal for TV cabinets placed in cold climates. If you combine a TV and cold weather, it is a good idea to consider adding a heater in the mix.

o What are some top fan solutions?
These thermostatic outdoor TV cabinet fans are used specifically with the best enclosures in the industry, The TV Shield PRO and The TV Shield.

fan for outdoor tv cabinet

Heater for Outdoor TV Case

o Why use a heater?
It is best to use a heater in certain applications because otherwise TVs can become too cold and not operate as well. Samsung LCD TVs for example can “operate safely in rooms or areas in which temperatures range from 50° F to 104° F (10° C to 40° C),” but, “temperatures outside the listed range will negatively affect the operation of your LCD TV.” When you take into the added elements of the TV generating heat, sun, and more in outdoor environments, it’s not a bad idea to use a fan or heater for a TV cabinet in spaces where temperatures are greater than 78 degrees or lower than 50 degrees.

o In what environments does a TV or digital display need a heater?

Some instances TVs and digital displays need a heater or heaters to stay temperature regulated are outdoors in cold climates or indoors in cold environments that are not heated or even that are designed to be extremely cold. From residential yards in neighborhoods to restaurants, theme parks, schools, hospitals, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, grocery stores, community centers, banks, and many more locations, climate control TV and digital display enclosures are used in many environments.

o What temperatures should you use a TV enclosure heater?
Consider using a heater when the temperature is 50°F or lower.

o When should you not use a heater?
If the temperature is 50°F or higher, you most likely do not need a heater.

o What are some top heater solutions?

These thermostatic outdoor TV enclosure heaters are used specifically with the best enclosures in the industry, The TV Shield PRO and The TV Shield.

heater for outdoor tv cabinet

Moisture Control Gel Case for a TV Cabinet

o Why use a moisture control gel case?
Many times a moisture control gel case won’t be needed with a TV enclosure. The ventilation inside the enclosure already reduces moisture. However, for high humidity environments or especially by the beach or on the water (for example TV enclosures used on boats and cruise ships), a moisture control gel case may be an ideal climate control for TV add on just to implement as much moisture reduction as possible.
Humid places like outdoors by the beach or on cruise ships and boats or steamy locations like inside bathrooms or locker rooms are places moisture control inside TV enclosures may be ideal.

o What is the best moisture control option for a TV enclosure?

Most times TV cabinets provide sufficient moisture control, but in extremely humid locations a moisture control gel case is the ideal solution for fully providing moisture protection for TVs inside enclosures.

Moisture Control for TV

Vents for TV Enclosures

o Why are vents important for TV enclosures?
In almost all situations, vents are an important part of a TV cabinet design. Vents enable temperature regulation and air flow. Fans and vents work together with fans pushing cool air through the unit and vents releasing air. This allows air flow and movement which helps keep the space cool as well as prevents moisture build up.

o Does it protect from bugs and dust?

Yes, a quality outdoor TV cabinet protects TVs from threats like bugs and dust. This is important because dust, debris, and other small invaders such as bugs are known to enter TVs or digital displays through small openings and end up damaging the interior of the TV or display. In addition, not all TV cases provide true protection so in order to keep a TV or digital display safe from pests and dust even if the verbiage for a TV or display case says it protects against dust or bugs, consumers need to look for a quality outdoor TV enclosure that has features like filters on openings like vents and sealing systems around the case which provide the best defense.

o What is the best vent for TV enclosures?

Vents are pre-installed in outdoor TV cabinets, so look for a TV shield that has the best vent in the build of the product. Protective Enclosures Company (PEC) is known for the best ventilation when it comes to outdoor TV cabinets. The PEC vent is revolutionary in how it installs and protects. This patented design can directly screw this vent together in any material up to .35" inches thick. Housed within the vent is a bug screen and a 60ppi filter allowing for heat exhaust. At the same time it prevents dust and or bugs from entering the case. Unlike any other vent, it also has an O-ring or seal to completely defend against any water leakage that other vent systems do not fully protect from. The protective cap can be snapped into place over the louvers and used in many kinds of applications such as wash down, temporary or seasonal outdoor use to keep hot air contained. It can stop airflow when needed, protect from chemical transfer between areas, and more. This vent is so reliable and one of a kind it is also a staple in the solar industry and more.

Louvered Vent with Bug Screen and Cap for TV Cabinet or Solar


 Climate Control for a TV 

Can a TV overheat? Can you mix a TV and cold weather? Can you put a TV outside? Now you know the answers to all that and more. From snowy winters and sizzling summers to hot or cold indoor locations, a TV can be placed almost anywhere these days with the right protection. If you need to protect your TV or digital display in harsh environments or keep it temperature regulated, an outdoor TV cabinet is a great solution.