Thursday, December 19 2013
Your Television & Your Fireplace
There is a battle going on for the focal point of your family room. Some families may prefer to gather around the fire and have some quality family time. Other groups may prefer to watch the NFL playoffs on the 50 inch flat screen. It is possible to have both a fireplace and a television in your living room, but is that a wise decision? Here are some points to consider for mounting your television above or near the fireplace.
The first consideration is if this design hybrid will physically work in your home. Some large televisions are difficult to mount safely, and others may not be able to mount at all depending on size and the available wall space in your room.
Even if you are not a certified home decorator, you or your significant other may have something to say about a giant television being shoe horned into a space it barely fits. Even though it is physically possible, it may not be aesthetically pleasing to have both a television and a fireplace in the same location.
Televisions were not designed to operate in extreme conditions. The extra heat from your fireplace will vary based on fireplace size, type, ventilation, room size, and a number of other factors. However, it can be difficult to account for all of these factors and decide what environment is safest for your television. Also, many manufacturers will not cover a warranty claim if the device was kept in poor conditions like a above a fireplace that damaged the set. Keep that in mind for your television, and all electronics that are near the fireplace.
Passing the Mantle
If you have decided that you want your entertainment and heating needs met in the same area, there are some measures that can be taken to help keep your television safe. Having a mantle installed above the fireplace will help to block excess heat that may come from the fire. The mantle can serve as both a safety feature and a design update.
Have it inspected
If you are unsure that your fireplace area is safe for your television, have a licensed professional evaluate your situation and give you some design options. At Chicago Fireplace & Chimney, we have professionals who will help you decide which fireplace is the best for your home, and how you can design the rest of your family area. Good luck and thanks for reading!
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