Should you use an outdoor antenna?

In almost every case, the answer is “yes.” Outdoor antennas will bring in a stronger signal than indoor antennas, often because they’re bigger. Even so, the very same antenna will be able to capture about twice as much signal when placed outside. The very construction of your home absorbs and reflects some signals, making antennas placed indoors less effective.

There are a few cases, though, where an indoor antenna is really the better choice:

You live close enough to the towers that it’s not a big deal. If you live within about 15 miles of the broadcast towers and have a clear line of sight, there’s really no need for an outdoor antenna and you can save the expense.

It’s not safe to get up on the roof. No one wins if you get hurt. If your roof’s in poor shape, or if you’re in poor shape, then remember, it’s only TV. Don’t kill yourself for it.

Because you aren’t allowed to. According to federal rules, you are allowed to put an antenna up to 39″x39″ outside in a private space, and the HOA or condo board can’t stop you. The trick is that you need a private space that makes sense. It has to be a patio or courtyard with a clear line of sight or it’s not really worth it.

Unless one of those conditions seems like something you need to consider, you’re really better off choosing an outdoor antenna and mounting it securely. Solid Signal has a wide variety of antennas and mounts for almost every situation and we’ll even give you a free recommendation on what antenna’s best!