If you have purchased a flat screen TV for your home, then you might want to take advantage of its size and mount it on the wall. This type of TV is actually designed for this purpose, which means that you do not have to spend any extra money on an entertainment center or TV stand for the device. If you have a fireplace in your living room or bedroom, then you can actually mount the TV so that it sits on the wall above the fireplace. This gives you the ability to enjoy the benefits of a warm fire while watching your favorites show or movies on the TV.
Before mounting the TV above the fireplace, you should get a thermometer so that you can test the temperate in the area. Start a fire so that you have the area as warm as it can possibly get. Then, put the thermometer in the area where the TV will go to test the temperature. Once you have that reading, check the manual that came with the TV to determine the maximum temperature in which it can operate. If the area is too warm, you might want to consider putting it higher up the wall where it is going to be cooler. Otherwise, the excessive heat can cause the TV to not work properly.
How To Mount TV Above the FirePlace
The way in which you mount the TV above the fireplace will depend on the type of wall that is in that area. If the wall is made out of bricks or rocks, then you have to use anchor-blots to get the TV mounted properly. If the wall is just drywall, then you can use a standard mounting kit, but you will likely need a stud finder since the mounting hardware will need to be attached to the wall studs for maximum stability.
If you are going to have to mount the TV so that it is too high for viewing comfortably, such as for a fireplace that gets too hot or just where the mantle is really high, then you will also need to tilt the TV. A tilting wall mount allows you to mount the TV high yet angle it so that you can sit on your couch and still see the TV without any discomfort. It is important to keep in mind though that you still may end up experiencing some neck strain if you do not have a sofa or chairs that recline back a little.
Mounting a TV over a fireplace is generally something that can be done on your own. In some instances though you might need to get some professional assistance. Since the cables are cords are generally hidden in the wall when a TV is mounted, you might need a professional to show you how to access the hollow wall so that you can hide those things. A home theater store should be able to offer you some recommendations on professional installers in the area. You might even be able to pay for the service at the location where you purchased the TV.