This time of year is filled with many holiday traditions. From singing Christmas carols to visiting Santa at the mall, December marks the start of the holiday season – and with it plenty of shopping, mail deliveries, Christmas pageants, and maybe even a little snow. Perhaps the second best Christmas tradition is watching your favorite holiday movie. Second only, of course, to sitting by a cozy fire in the fireplace.
Wouldn’t it be nice to take those two great Christmas traditions and put them together? Many people ask us if it’s okay to mount their television directly above their fireplace. Of course, safety is a big priority at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney so we really appreciate the question.
Can I Mount My TV Above My Fireplace?
When mounting your television there are many factors to consider, including the materials that you are mounting to, the layout of the room you are putting the TV in, and, in the case of a fireplace, how hot it’s going to get. There are a few important things to know if you are considering mounting your TV above your fireplace.
- TV’s are not made to withstand heat. If you have an electric fireplace, especially one that is meant purely for aesthetic purposes, you probably don’t have to worry about heat ruining your television. If your fireplace is wood-burning or gas fueled, however, heat output can become an issue. Making sure that the heat from your fireplace is directed away from your TV is paramount.
- There are many hidden components and materials that make up your fireplace. The layout and materials that make up the components of your fireplace are many – and often invisible. Before installing a television above it, make sure you are familiar with where the various components of your fireplace are and what they are made of. This will help you avoid damaging important, unseen parts of your fireplace.
- Consider getting advice from Northeastern Masonry & Chimney. The truth is, some fireplaces are better than others for having a TV hang above it. The many factors that determine the suitability of your fireplace are difficult to keep track of. Our professionals at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney are very experienced and very knowledgeable. With our help you will be able to make the safest choice for your home and for your TV.
And if it’s deemed not safe to mount your TV above your fireplace? Then, why not mount your television to the wall adjacent to your fireplace? That way, you can still enjoy a cozy fire while watching an entertaining movie.
Your Go-To Christmas Movie List
Speaking of movies, at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney we not only know our fireplaces and chimney but we also know a thing or two about Christmas movies. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Christmas movies to watch while enjoying a fire.
Poor Kevin was left at home when his large family took off for the airport in a chaotic rush. While finding himself alone during the holidays, he decorates his home – complete with a beautiful fireplace as the centerpiece. The fireplace remains unlit and gives off a lonely feel among the beautiful Christmas decor. Shenanigans run wild as Kevin is forced to protect his family’s home from unwanted guests. A perfect film to laugh with the kiddos.
If you are in the mood for fun look no further than Will Ferrel in the movie Elf. This movie became a classic the year it was released. Jam packed with innocent humor, this movie puts joy into the holiday – and then encourages you to spread that Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.
When Buddy the elf receives a “hug” from a raccoon you will find yourself laughing… However, the laughing stops if you get a raccoon in your fireplace! Don’t worry though, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is well equipped to help you get a proper chimney cap installed so that you don’t have to worry about unwanted visitors in your chimney.
If you are looking for a bit of romance for the holidays, your streaming service will surely be offering many romantic comedies to enjoy. However, one holiday romance continues to rise to the top year after year. Love Actually pulls all the heart strings and reminds us that love actually is all around us. This movie is perfect to watch with that special someone while snuggling near the fire.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This classic flick serves as a timeless reminder that the essence of Christmas extends far beyond mere presents, ornaments, and delectable roast beasts. The heartfelt songs of gratitude and merriment emanating from the Whos down in Whoville play a pivotal role in causing the Grinch’s heart to undergo a remarkable three-size expansion in just one day. This definitely isn’t one to miss!
The Family Stone
This comedy-drama revolves around the Stone family as they come together for the Christmas holidays. The story focuses on the eldest son, Everett, who brings his girlfriend home to meet his quirky and tight-knit family. However, tensions rise as Meredith struggles to fit in with the unconventional and outspoken family members. As the holiday unfolds, relationships are tested, secrets are revealed, and the Stone family experiences both heartwarming moments and emotional challenges.
Let Us Serve You
Whatever your fireplace or chimney questions are, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has your answers. Our dedicated team of experts are ready to help. From inspections and maintenance to installations and repairs, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney can handle the job. Call us today to find out how we can serve you. Happy holidays!