Putting TV Above Fireplace? Read This First

If you have a fireplace in your living room, it is generally the focal point of the room and the furniture in the room is placed to take advantage of its glow. When adding a TV to the room, it often naturally makes sense to mount the TV above the fireplace so you can take advantage of both when relaxing in the room. There are some things that must be taken into consideration when mounting a TV above a fireplace to ensure that you do not damage the TV or create a dangerous situation. Here are the things that you should keep in mind.

Check Temperature Beforehand

If you are planning on using the fireplace while the TV is mounted above it, you run the risk of the temperature of the air around the TV getting hot enough to damage the TV. It is important to check the temperature of the area around the fireplace, including the top of the mantle and the wall, to ensure that the temperature will not exceed the recommended temperatures noted on the TV’s technical specifications. The easiest way to check the temperature that the TV will be exposed to is to tape a thermometer onto the wall or fireplace face when a fire’s blazing in the hearth.

Consider The Viewing Angle

Most people prefer for their TV to be set at eye level so they are not straining their neck or their back when watching TV for extended periods of time. Because mounting a TV above a fireplace generally places the TV higher than normal, it is important to consider the viewing angle that the TV will have when considering placement. To check the viewing angle before purchasing a TV, take a white paper template the size of the TV you are considering and place it when you intend to place the TV. Sit where you would be sitting to view the TV and stare at the template for a while. If you experience neck or back strain, consider a mounting system that allows you to change the height and viewing angle to something more comfortable.

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