Can I Mount a TV Above the Radiator?
- 1 Is it safe to mount a TV above the radiator?
- 2 How to safely mount a TV above the radiator
mount my TV above the radiator?” Planning your living room can be daunting. Not only does everything have to fit in place, but it also has to be presentable. After all, space is a scarce resource in home decor.
It’s not a matter of whether you can. Instead, you should consider whether or not it’s advisable for both your TV and the radiator.
In this guide, we’ll try to help you decipher whether or not it’s safe to mount your TV above the radiator. Also, if it’s your only option, we’ll give you some tips on how you can safely mount your TV above the radiator.
Is it safe to mount a TV above the radiator?
To answer this question you need to understand the TV-Radiator relationship. The radiator is an electrical device whose main purpose is to produce heat and warm your room.
Scientifically speaking, warm/hot air is lighter than cold air. Therefore, not only will the heat from the radiator reach the TV but also the warmed air around the radiator.
Your TV is an electrical device that requires ideal conditions to function properly. Generally, it’s not advisable to mount a TV directly above the radiator. The heat from the radiator might be too much for the TV damaging it in the process. Apart from that, the high temperatures might cause electric faults that can cause a fire.
Therefore, mounting a TV above the radiator should be your last option.
Speaking of the last options, below are some tips on how you can safely mount your TV above the radiator.
How to safely mount a TV above the radiator
Tip 1: Measure the temperatures above the radiator
It’s time for a little experiment. You’ll have to acquire some data that will be useful for future tips.
Take a Maximum/Minimum thermometer and secure it around 5 cm from the wall in question. The thermometer needs to be secured some height above the radiator. Additionally, the height needs to be optimal for a good viewing experience.
Leave the thermometer for a day or two and record the first reading after the duration has elapsed. Make sure you use your radiator as you normally would.
Finally, place a wooden plank just above the radiator (between the radiator and thermometer). Once again, leave it for a day or two and record the second reading.
Tip 2: Read your TV’s user manual
All TVs are different. Look for your user manual and got to where the manufacturer gives the ideal operating conditions for the TV. Specifically, take note of the “required temperatures.”
Generally, most TVs have an operating temperature range of 10 to 50℃. Anything below or above that range will be bad for most TVs.
Next, compare the first thermometer reading to your TV’s ideal temperature range. Is it safe? If yes, then you can mount your TV.
No? Then you’ll want to keep on reading. We have many creative solutions you can apply.
Tip 3: Use a full range wall mount
A full-range TV mount can be a lifesaver if the temperatures are hazardous to your TV.
If your radiator is on, the wall mount will push your TV several inches away from the wall. By the time the hot air reaches your TV, it will be cooled and safe for operation.
If the radiator is off, you can push the TV mount back into position.
Tip 4: Use a thermostatic valve
A thermostatic valve can help with thermal regulation. All you have to do is install the device on your radiator. If the temperatures get too high for your TV, the device will automatically shut down the radiator or turn down the setting.
Tip 5: Install a radiator cover
A radiator cover is a simple structure that helps prevents heatwaves and hot air from reaching the TV. It’s usually placed between the TV and the radiator. Ideally, you’ll also want the radiator cover to have a curved underbelly. The curved surface helps improve its deflecting capabilities.
Nonetheless, there is a problem. The radiator cover will reduce the radiator’s efficiency and limit its room-warming capabilities. Scientifically speaking, the radiator cover will insulate the radiator.
Tip 6: Install a floating shelf
The floating shelf works like a radiator cover. However, it’s much larger and can be costly. Additionally, you’ll also have to consider the room’s decor. It has to match.
Of course, you can also make the shelf if you have the required DIY skills.
Nonetheless, floating shelves come with one major advantage. They offer additional storage space for other items you might have in your living room.
Tip 7: Install a fan
Fans are the simplest and most underrated devices in this scenario. They are mostly used in networking and AV equipment.
You want the fan to be in between the TV and radiator. Ideally, it should face the radiator. As the fan runs, it will push the hot air away from the TV.
No, you don’t have to install a huge fan. These days we have small USB fans that are almost undetectable and can be connected to the TV.
Tip 8: Move the radiator
We saved the best tip for last. Indeed, it can be costly. However, it’s the most permanent solution to this problem.
Ideally, you should install the radiator in the coldest part of your room. Manufacturers usually advise homeowners to install radiators below the window. That way, the radiator will warm the cold air before it enters and spreads in the room.
Although it’s possible, you’re not advised to mount your TV above the radiator. It’s too risky. The radiator might overhead the TV. In the worst-case scenario, it might even cause a fire. However, if it’s your only option, we hope these tips will creatively help you mount your TV above the radiator.