Can I Safely Install a TV Over My Fireplace?

A flat screen TV is a useful accent to any room. It’s a functional tool for day-to-day life, as well as a great conversation piece.  So it’s no wonder that so many home owners are adding flat screens to most rooms in their homes. The latest trend is to install a flat screen directly to a fireplace. But is adding a flat screen to your fire place a safe investment?

If you are thinking of doing this fireplace installation, the first person you should consult is a good electrician. There are many electricians who are familiar with flat screen installations. These experts can guide you through the process and give you an estimate of the cost involved.

If you are ready to install your flat screen, schedule a basic walk through with your electrician. It will give them a better idea of the construction of your room, and what they have to work with. Knowing this, your electrician should be able to tell you if installation is feasible.

Before your walk through, be sure to write down your answers to the following crucial questions:

- Is your fireplace masonry or factory built?

-What type of fuel does your fireplace use?

-What vent system does it have? (B-Vent and Direct Vent systems are typical)

-Does your fireplace create any warm patches on the wall when it is lit?

-How large is the flat screen you intend to use?

-Approximately, how much does your flat screen weigh?

Your electrician may ask you any one of these questions during the walk through. The answers are crucial because of the type of mounting that will secure your flat screen to the wall.

Standard mountings are designed to tilt the screen at a viewable angle, while securely attaching the screen to the wall. A fire place mounting must also keep heat directed away from the components themselves.

This is important because long term exposure to large amounts of heat can quickly alter or destroy electronic devices. The proper mounting can elevate these problems by floating the screen away from the wall itself. Mounting hardware can cause its own share of problems if the screen is oversized or too heavy for the fireplace or wall to support.

Again, no one but a qualified electrician should help you install a fire place flat screen. Only you can decide if a flat screen is the right addition to your home, but in taking these steps, you’ll feel confident that you’re making the right decision.

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