We see it everywhere in interior design magazines or on television: a cozy fireplace setting with a TV above.
And it seems to make sense. After all, you want to make the best use of all the wall space in your room, and traditionally the space above a fireplace would only feature a painting.
But can you safely put electrical devices such as a TV above your bio ethanol fireplace?
We find out whether electrical appliances are safe near fireplaces and stoves.
Can You Put Your TV Above A Bio Ethanol Fireplace?
The average bio ethanol fireplace produces between 3 and 3.5 kWh of heat. This is enough to heat a large room.
As a rule of thumb, electrical devices usually operate at their best when they are run at normal room temperature.
For example, when you leave your phone in the hot sun for too long, then this could slow the phone down, overheat the device or even melt components inside.
The same can happen with a TV that is close to any type of fireplace, including ethanol stoves.
The excessive heat continually may cause any components inside the TV, that are temperature sensitive, to degrade quicker than they normally would.
You can put your television above your bio ethanol fireplace but it is important to understand that the additional heat will reduce the lifespan of your TV significantly, if you do not take precautions.
Can You Put A TV Above Other Types Of Fireplaces?
All fireplaces that emit heat can harm the sensitive parts of your television, and shorten the lifespan of your device.
As the TV generates a significant amount of heat on its own, it can quickly get overheated when placed near another heat source.
In comparison to other heat sources, bio ethanol fireplaces usually produce slightly less heat, and this makes them a better choice for when you want to install your TV above the fireplace.
How To Put A TV Above A Bio Ethanol Fireplace
When you want to put your TV above your fireplace, then there are a few things you need to look out for in order to protect your television from the radiating heat.
Install The TV At The Right Distance
Depending on your wall space, you will need to make sure that you mount your TV at the right distance from the fireplace.
If your electrical device is too close to the stove, then it could cause a serious fire risk.
If you cannot install a TV far away enough from the fireplace and for better fire safety, it is a good idea to create a recess for your TV in the wall.
The recess for your TV should not just be a hole in the wall but it should also be lined with heat-resistant or fireproof material.
This will help to shield the television from most of the heat emitted by your bio ethanol fireplace.
Alternatively, you can also create a recess for your fireplace. With this option, you will still need to put a fire-resistant shelf underneath the television to protect it from the heat.
The size of the shelf will depend on the distance between your fireplace and the TV.
Use A Closed Top Fireplace
There are a number of different fireplaces on the market, and depending on how you want to design your living space, you can choose the right one for you.
If you want to place a TV above your bio fireplace, then it is best to use a closed-top fireplace.
This means that the top is sealed off, and there is a lot less heat coming from the top of the fireplace. This helps protect your TV from most of the heat coming from your fireplace.
Install A Heat-Proof Shield
Whatever way you want to place your television above your biofuel fireplace, fire experts recommend installing a heat-proof shield.
Even when your television is a little further away, you should install a heat shield to make sure that your device is safe from any additional heat.
One of the biggest factors that people often forget about when they place their furniture and electrical devices is usability.
You need to make sure that you do not strain your neck when putting your TV higher up on the wall.
You will need a good distance between your TV and the fireplace but this should not impact how you watch television.
You may be able to find the best viewing height of your television in the manual.
As a rule of thumb, the exact viewing height depends on the height of your sofa or chair, the viewing distance and the viewing angle.
The best viewing experience also depends on your type of TV.
For example, LED flat screens have a limited viewing angle, which means that when the viewing angle is too high, then you won’t be able to see the full picture of the screen anymore.
Make sure that you do not install your television too high or too low for the best viewing experience.
You may want to try different viewing angles, and see what works best for you.
Consult A Professional
If you are not sure where to put your TV and how to combine it with a bio fireplace in your home, then it is a good idea to consult a professional.
Generally, TV manufacturers may be able to give you some advice on how close you can place your device to a fireplace, or you may even find it in the appliance’s manual.
If you are more concerned about aesthetics, then an interior designer or decorator will also be able to help and give advice on where to safely place your TV.
They can also offer support on how to optimize the space in the room and how to safely place electrical devices that are regularly used.
While you can safely put your television above a bio ethanol fireplace, you will need to make sure that you install a heat-resistant shield between your device and the fireplace to protect the appliance from excessive heat.