Quick Tips for the Home

Should You Mount Your TV Over the Fireplace?

shutterstock_209404246.jpgThe fireplace is often the focal point of any living room or den. As such, it makes sense that the space above the fireplace would seem the ideal location for mounting a TV. But is it a good idea?

When you’re considering installing a TV above a heat source, there are several factors you need to weigh:

How Much Heat Can Your TV Handle?

TVs are not heat resistant. Each has an optimal operating temperature, which varies depending on the manufacturer and model of TV you have. And if the heat from your fire surpasses that optimal temp, you could significantly shorten the lifespan of your TV and void your warranty. Because of this, it’s a good idea to measure the temperature in the spot you want to hang your TV before installation and always follow manufacturers’ suggestions.

Pro tip: Measure the temperature by taping a thermometer to the spot on your wall where you want to hang your TV. Make sure you check the temp often over the course of several hours when the fire is on. You’ll also want to make sure you’re checking during the hottest part of the day with the fire on, to ensure you’re getting a solid idea of what the max temperature in that space can be.

Is the Heat Source Electric, Gas, Wood Burning or Radiant?

Each type of fireplace generates a different amount of heat. For example, radiators or electric fireplaces, which are mostly ornamental, are known to put out less heat than a gas fireplace or traditional wood-burning fire. A heat blower — which pushes the warm air to the center of the room — may also lower the temperature of the wall above your fireplace Over your fire?

A mantelpiece can help redirect some of the heat from your TV. The amount of heat that’s directed away can depend on the thickness of the mantel, as well as how far it protrudes off the wall. Keep in mind that simply having a mantel doesn’t automatically create perfect conditions for hanging your TV above the fire. You still want to measure the temperature where you plan to mount the television.

Will the TV Be at a Comfortable Angle When Mounted Above the Fireplace?

You want the spot you pick for your television to make for a comfortable viewing experience. Think about the distance of your sitting area from the fire and the height at which the TV will be hung. If you’re going to be craning your neck upwards for hours while watching your favorite shows, you might want to reconsider mounting your TV above the fireplace. And it’s best to think about this before you go through the process of installing it.

Is It Easy to Mount a TV Over the Fireplace?

It may seem like an easy enough task to hang your TV on a wall, right? Well, there’s a little more to it than you might think.

First of all, you’ll need to make sure your wall is stable enough to support the TV. Are you working with brick? Drywall? Each may require a different mount. Do you need the television to pull away from the wall? Do you know how to properly conceal the wires, so you don’t have an unsightly tangle of cables marring your living room’s look? And will the TV need a special mount so that it can be angled for optimal viewing?

There are many details to take into account when deciding whether you should mount your TV over the fireplace. To make sure your TV is properly installed, it’s a good idea to work with a professional. And great news for AHS members: Your membership provides access to many special discounts, including savings on TV installation from HelloTech. Make sure you take advantage of these amazing AHS member services when you need a helping hand from a professional.