Installing a TV over the Fireplace
When you want to mount your television set above the fireplace, you are bound to double that viewing pleasure. However, the media application in a modern setting may not work well if you do not plan everything out properly. You need to know about various things before you hang that TV over your fireplace.
The advent of streamlined, lightweight and flat screen television sets has solved that conundrum of television versus fireplace focal points. It is actually quite a smart idea of mounting a television over the top section of the fireplace because it gives out an aesthetic look. Hanging flat-screen TVs above a mantelpiece or on the face of a brick fireplace can give you an entertainment center which is likely to turn into the visual centerpiece in that room. The television-hearth relationship will give you plenty of free and valuable floor space so that you can focus on furniture arrangements with a single wall and generate satisfaction for both fire watchers and channel surfers at the same time.
You have to remember that as with several high-tech designs, this kind of pairing is bound to pose many challenges to you. Installing a television set, particularly a flat panel, over a fireplace is not a cakewalk for any one. Be it an LCD TV or plasma one, the critical contention is the fireplace that gets centrally focused. You have to be conscious about the choices and the concerns that go with such an installation. This blog will address those issues and concerns.
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Before you install the television set over the fireplace, there are some questions that you need to answer and then move forward. First, if the fireplace is used frequently, will the heat emanating from the logs of wood reach excessive levels to mar the functioning of your television set? It is not a major issue because all you have to do is to make sure that there is sufficient physical insulation for the wiring that gets located behind the wall and adjacent to that chimney will not get over-heated beyond the levels recommended by the manufacturer of the wire set.
If you plan on burning a fire while watching TV, it's important that the place you'll be hanging your TV doesn't exceed the recommended temperatures noted on the unit's technical specifications. Too much heat adversely affects a TV's lifespan and creates a situation that may void product warranties. To check surface temperature, tape a thermometer onto the wall or fireplace face when a fire's blazing in the hearth. The major concern here is the combination of cool air with hot air which the attic may produce during certain periods of a day and you need to keep a watch on the moisture that may get to your wiring as it can result in a fire. It is always advisable to go for heat resistant wire products.
When you are doing up your interiors and you have not built the fireplace yet, the ideal solution would be to go for fire resistant boards that are manufactured by quality suppliers like Vitcas. These fireplace refractory panels have ultra high thermal resistance and they are a fine platform for reliable thermal insulation as well as mechanical stability. They can get processed easily with traditional woodworking tools. They are perfect for constructing fireplaces and in situations where there are no pre-existing chimney breasts. The fire resistant boards are also sealed together with heat resistant sealants, also manufactured by Vitcas. The resistance provided goes up to a limit of 1100 degrees centigrade. This could very well be your answer to all skepticism about placing that TV over the fireplace.