You’ve just purchased a new TV or have finally decided to move the one you have off that entertainment center and onto the wall. After scanning the room, you’ve now settled on the perfect spot to install it. The only problem is that it’s above a radiator and you’re wondering if mounting your TV here is the best idea.
Mounting a television above a radiator is possible but not always advisable, as the radiator’s heat could damage the television. However, if you consider the right factors, such as distance from the radiator and mount extension, and implement some precautions, you can mount television above a radiator, risk-free.
If you still have your eye on the blank patch of wall space above your radiator to mount your television, then this article is for you. Read on as we list the factors you’ll want to consider beforehand and the precautions you can take to protect your television from damage and still enjoy you radiator’s house warming heat.
What to Consider When Mounting a TV Above a Radiator
When it comes to whether or not you should mount a television above a radiator, the ultimate answer will be that it depends. Before you start busting out the power drill and screws, you’ll want to consider a few factors, especially if you don’t want to watch your nice TV melt away.
The most important factors to consider when mounting a TV above a radiator include:
- The TV’s heat resistance threshold
- Mounting distance above the radiator
- Wall mount extension distance
Should you decide to proceed without considering these factors, you might find your TV severely damaged beyond repair due to the heat emanating from the radiator. Even worse, your TV could overheat and become a potential fire hazard in your home, so it’s crucial not to be impulsive with your TV mounting.
Check the TV’s Heat Resistance Threshold As Stated By the Manufacturer
The one element of your TV that is going to inform the rest of your future mounting decisions is its heat resistance threshold.
All TVs are built with materials that can withstand a particular heat range, as their motors and other electronic components tend to generate their own heat while the TV is in use. That being said, this range is not consistent for all televisions, and few are built to withstand extreme heat for prolonged periods.
Therefore, before you go any further with this process, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s specifications for this product so you know if there is any part of the wall above the radiator that is safe, or if your TV will inevitably be damaged no matter where on the wall you mount it above this appliance.
You’ll also want to take note of the average temperature your radiator reaches or runs at so you can make a more informed decision regarding what temperatures you’re likely exposing your wall-mounted TV to, and if it is built to withstand them.
Mounting Distance Above the Radiator
The next crucial factor to consider here is how far above the radiator you can or intend to mount your TV.
Unsurprisingly, the more distance you put between your TV and the radiator, the safer it will be as you won’t be exposing it directly to whatever degree of heat is emanating from the appliance. If your TV has a relatively low heat resistance threshold, then you’ll definitely want to mount it as high on the wall as possible.
However, if you don’t have ample space above the radiator to mount your TV, it’s probably best that you refrain from putting it here altogether.
Wall Mount Extension Distance
Something you might not have thought about when choosing the ideal TV mount location is your wall mount’s capabilities, but they can make a significant difference when your radiator is involved.
Wall mounts can come in a number of designs, allowing the users to move the attached TV a specified distance away from the wall or even turn it various degrees. Not only does this give you more freedom of where you can watch the TV, but it also increases the TVs distance from the radiator below.
When your radiator is on, its heat will travel up the adjoining wall as well as out into the room. Therefore, it would be highly beneficial to have a wall mount that extends several inches away from the wall, or even up, above the top of the radiator, as this will reduce your TV’s heat exposure.
Additional Precautions for Protecting TVs from Radiators
Considering all of the factors above are essential for ensuring you choose the safest spot above your radiator to mount your TV without risking your TV’s integrity. That being said, there are a few additional precautions you can take to potentially channel or reduce your radiator’s heat.
Radiators installed below a mounted TV should ideally be paired with a radiator shelf or cover, as this will help contain, redirect, or reduce the radiator’s heat and ensure it travels outward into the room rather than up and onto the TV mounted above.
Another alternative would be to install a fan or even purchase a small USB fan to plug into your TV and either blow directly on the underside of your TV to keep it cool.