3 Strategies for Mounting Your Television Over the Fireplace

No matter how your living is designed, it’s always challenging to find the perfect place to put your new television. One space that seems like a default perfect position is above your fireplace. Not only is all of the furniture oriented either towards it or the adjacent walls, but it’s also a wide empty space. But without the right precautions, your fireplace can damage your television over time. The heat and smoke can degrade the electronics and prevent it from cooling down. Here are three ways to mount your television above your fireplace without worrying about damage:

3 Strategies for Mounting Your Television Over the Fireplace

1. Consider a ceiling mounting bracket.

Televisions are gradually making the shift from stands to wall-based mounting brackets. Not only do they remove the need for extra furniture, but they are also more stable. You don’t have to worry about it wobbling or a cat pushing against it. But those same advantages exist with a secure ceiling mounting bracket. Additionally, it gives you extra space between the wall against the fireplace and your television. That extra space lets cool air through to stop potential overheating.

2. Add height.

If you use your fireplace a lot, two of the biggest risks to your television will be smoke damage and the heat pouring out of the fireplace. Minimize potential contact by mounting your television higher against the wall. Swiveling and tilting brackets can help you get the perfect angle even if your screen is slightly higher than normal.

3. Talk to a professional instead of using a DIY kit.

At the end of the day, a professional installer can help you make the perfect choice about where and how to hang your new television. They can suggest the best heat guards for high-use fireplaces and the best hardware for different walls. Even better, they can mount your television so you don’t have to worry about errors or wall repair.

Go to Audio Video Solutions here for more TV mounting tips and to create the perfect home theater.

Heat and Weight Concerns When Mounting Your TV

Mounting your television above your fireplace mantle is a popular design choice. It’s a clear area that is usually on the opposite side of the room from the furniture because of the fireplace. But a lot of design experts disagree with the choice, either because they don’t like the look of the finished product or because it places the television too high on the wall. Ultimately, the choice is yours. If you do decide to mount your television above your fireplace because it’s the best spot for it, here are two common questions to help you start the process.

Heat and Weight Concerns When Mounting Your TV

Is it safe to mount a television near my fireplace?

If you use your fireplace often, it’s going to generate a lot of heat and smoke. That can be bad for televisions, which are vulnerable to excess heat. Touch the wall above your mantle after you have a fire going for a while and test if it’s warm to the touch. If it is, but you still want to mount your television there, look for mounting kits that hold the television away from the wall. Even a bit of separation can protect the internal hardware. Another option is a projector screen that is suspended from your ceiling. This screen will be even further from sources of potential heat damage. It also has fewer fragile components and opportunities for damage.

What if there aren’t studs?

Most residential walls are made with wooden frames that are covered with sheets of drywall. The wooden beams hidden behind the wall, or the studs, are the ideal points to mount a television. The wood can handle the weight much better than drywall so you don’t have to worry about the bracket falling down. But it might be impossible to find those studs above a fireplace, especially because there will be a large gap for the fireplace itself.

Mounting a TV without studs doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Instead of a standard mounting kit, there are other other options that we can help with. Give us a call and we can evaluate the mounting location to provide you with the best solution. Call Audio Video Solutions for expert advice on the best position and equipment to mount your television.

2 Safe Ways to Install Your TV Over Your Fireplace

Many experts warn against mounting your television above your fireplace, and that’s largely for your device’s sake. The heat and smoke from a fire can damage the television’s inner workings and shorten its lifespan. But there are several ways to get around the problem, so if the only available spot is above the fire but you don’t want to damage your future TV, here are two alternatives:

2 Safe Ways to Install Your TV Over Your Fireplace

Install a mounting device that holds the television away from the wall and protects the base of your television.

New televisions are often too thin to contain all of the space and ventilation needed to ward off damage from proximity to a fireplace, so you’ll need a wall mount that does all of that and more. Look for extending arms that hold the television away from the wall itself; while the air can still conduct heat, it’s far better than the warmed wall itself. Also look for arms that can change the television’s direction: if the television is about the fireplace, that means you probably have windows on the opposite wall, and moveable mounts can change the screen’s angle to keep the glare away.

Get a projector instead of a television.

This removes the mix of heat and electronics from the equation entirely. While you will have a screen above the fireplace still, it won’t be as easily damaged by the heat and you can automate it to roll up into a protective case when it’s not in use. The projector and all of the fragile electronic components will be safely away from the fireplace, either on the ceiling or the top of the opposite wall, so you don’t have to worry about potential damage or the screw marks from the wall mount if you rearrange the room.

No matter which option you pick, Audio Video Solutions can help. Go to our site here to get started.

3 Alternatives to Mounting Your Television Above the Fireplace

Most living rooms are organized around the television so everyone can watch comfortably. But television placement itself is often dictated according to available wall space, your windows, and how open your floor plan is. But the common solution of mounting your television above the fireplace can damage the internal parts and drastically shorten its lifespan.

3 Alternatives to Mounting Your Television Above the Fireplace

Where should you mount your television instead of above the fireplace?

  • The wall opposite your living room windows: It used to be that any direct sunlight would create an impossible glare across your television screen. However, changes in material and technology have reduced the reflective sheen to give you a few more placement options. You can also take advantage of better, less bulky black-out curtains that match the style of your living room and also help lower your energy bill.
  • Angle your television in a corner. Because televisions are becoming more and more lightweight, even as their dimensions continue to grow, you have more wall-mounting options than ever before. So long as you have a corner that allows for comfortable viewing, you don’t have to restrict your television to a flat wall. You can even get an adjustable mounting bracket so you can move the screen.
  • Don’t hang a television; use a projector instead. If above your fireplace is the perfect place for a screen, avoid the issue of heat damage entirely by opting for a projector. Projectors can display a crystal clear image either on the wall or on a screen that doesn’t have small electronic components vulnerable to heat. Sometimes your living is organized in such a way that no other wall space works, and that’s okay.

If you’re looking for the right spot to hang your television, our experts have a few ideas. Go to Audio Video Solutions to get started.