It’s difficult to hide technology, especially large HDTVs and the home theater installations that accompany them. For this reason, many San Bernardino County homeowners attempt to integrate TVs with their décor, and that often means hanging a TV above a fireplace seems appealing. However, this is not always a very good idea. Here are four reasons to never hang your TV above a fireplace:
- Poor viewing: You watch TV most comfortably if the screen is at eye level. When you install a TV above a fireplace, chances are you will be looking up to see the screen, and eventually you will notice headaches, neck pain and other discomfort. Install your TV no more than four feet off the ground, and then multiply the diagonal width by three to determine the best viewing distance. That set up will give you a much better viewing experience.
- Heat damage: New TVs are vulnerable to heat because they contain complex circuitry. When you install the TV above the fireplace, there is no way to shield it from heat, and eventually your TV will fail. While you could attempt to hang the TV high enough above the fireplace to avoid heat, you will likely end up with the neck strain issue described above.
- Voided warranties: Heat damage to a TV can result in a voided warranty. This is especially true if the instruction manual explicitly states that you must keep the TV away from heat sources. You would then experience the double whammy of a TV failing before its time and having no warranty to help you replace it. Rather than face this risk, install your TV in a spot where it remains safe.
- Power sources: In many homes, access to power sources can be challenging. There is a good chance there are few places to plug in near the fireplace, and even if you have a power source, the TV is likely placed high enough that the cord barely reaches the source. This is another advantage of keeping your TV no more than four feet off the ground: cords are more likely to reach surge protectors and other plug-in spots.
Luckily, there are options for hanging your TV that will work better. Consider combining it with another focal point, like a view window, or if you would rather hide it, there are cabinets and armoires with doors that close. You can also integrate it by hanging it on the wall with your art collection in black frames or surround it on a shelf with books, photos and valued objects. All of these options will allow you to have the proper viewing position and keep your TV from getting damaged.
If you need assistance deciding where to hang your TV, buy from an experienced home theater dealer. JDS Systems installs home theater systems in San Bernardino County, CA. We are also an authorized DirectTV and HughesNet dealer, so we can install your satellite service at the same time we complete your home theater system installation. Call or visit today to learn more!