Effects of Humidity on an LCD TV

By Scott Danielson

LCD TVs can be fairly expensive these days, and you want to make sure to take good care of your investment. These TVs are typically flat screen, and oftentimes feature large screens. Where can you put your LCD TV to ensure the safety of its electronic parts? Will humidity be an issue?

Direct Humidity Issues

Most LCD TVs operate optimally at roughly 10% to 80% humidity, per their technical specifications. This is a broad range, so most users rarely need to worry about humidity having a direct impact on their TVs. However, if or when you do, the most likely effect would be a temporary reduction in the voltage transmittance, which may cause a scrambled picture.

Other Considerations

If your television is kept in a high humidity location (perhaps a screened-in sun room or an outdoor patio), be aware that this may increase the likelihood that moisture, dust and dirt will gather on and around your television. Sometimes such elements can work their way into the set and cause it to malfunction. If your television is permanently mounted in a location like this, it is good to assume a habit of wiping it down with a dust rag or blowing it free of dust with compressed air daily.

Better Safe Than Sorry

The most surefire way to ensure your TV doesn't experience any humidity-related problems is to keep your television inside, in a room where the temperature and humidity can be controlled within the set's standard operating specifications. This will ensure that you get the longest life possible out of your LCD TV.