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Should You Mount A TV Above The Fireplace?

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So, you have a new LED flat screen TV, and you’re looking for the perfect place to mount it. You’re probably considering mounting your TV above the fireplace after seeing just about half of the people you know doing the same thing. If “TV above fireplace” is becoming a trend among household owners, why not do it, right? It is a cute look, after all! Especially when you’ve rearranged your furniture to make it the focal point of your living room or your bedroom. However, you likely have some reservations about this idea. And on top of that, the other half of the people you know probably have extreme feelings about it and are probably very adamant about the fact that mounting a TV above the fireplace is a bad idea. Now, here you are, perhaps even googling “Can you put a TV above a fireplace?” to get some answers…

Should you or should you not mount your TV above the fireplace? 

To help you come up with the answers you need, here’s a pros and cons list to mounting a TV above the fireplace:

PROS

  • The aesthetics
Even with a traditional looking fireplace, putting a TV right above it changes the vibe and the orientation of the whole room. Your new TV becomes the star of the room, and with a few changes to your interior design, the whole set-up will just flow. Additionally, by mounting the TV above the fireplace, you are also effectively filling a bare space which would have still needed a bit of decorating, otherwise.

  • You’ll be maximizing the space in your home

Because your TV will be hanging on the wall, you won’t need to worry about that bulky TV stand, entertainment centre, or media cabinet from getting in the way. Instead, you’ll be saving valuable floor space, thus giving you more room to move around, and more importantly, more than enough room to bring in additional furniture. 

  • It’ll be really cosy

Imagine snuggling on your couch or your bed and enjoying your favourite movie while the fire keeps the living room or your bedroom warm and toasty. Having your TV mounted right above the fireplace will give you the luxury of keeping yourself entertained while sitting close to the fire. 

CONS

  • Heat and electronics do not mix

Electronics, like televisions, are very delicate. Remember, heat rises. This means putting them right above a fireplace would mean exposing them to heat that could damage all the sensitive components inside.  Furthermore, when smoke that comes from lighting firewood reaches the inside of electronics the soot, or black film, covering the components may cause it to overheat and prematurely fail. 

  • The height and angle could be a cause for neck pain

With most fireplaces and its mantel traditionally being around 60-72 inches high, mounting a TV unit above it would essentially be placing the TV outside the advisable viewing height of 56 inches from the ground. And because the TV is, for the lack of a better term, too high and far from eye level, this means you’ll be straining your neck a lot more just to find viewing angles that will allow you to see everything clearly. 

Straining your neck too much may lead to a sore neck, shoulder pain, or worse, chronic pain (i.e. headache and neck pain).

  • Bad viewing angles can ruin picture quality

When you’re using a flat screen TV, even more so an LED TV, awkward viewing angles are very likely to distort the pictures on your TV. Because an LED TV allows for very limited viewing angles, looking at it from anywhere that is too high, too low, or too much to the side could affect how you see the pictures. 

  • Fire can be distracting 

Imagine watching something on TV while your fireplace is running right underneath it. There’s no denying that the sight of dancing flames can be quite captivating, and in effect, extremely distracting. You wouldn’t want to ruin your viewing experience, do you?

While this list of pros and cons may just be able to help you decide if your new TV should go right above your fireplace, here are some other things you should consider:

  • How often will you use the fireplace?

If you don’t think you’ll be using the fireplace often, or ever at the same time as the TV, then maybe you can look into it and see if mounting is at all possible. Although this won’t guarantee total safety of your TV from any fireplace-related damage, this minimizes the chances of any damage from occurring. 

  • What kind of fireplace do you have?

Gel, natural gas, and electric fireplaces are less likely to emit smoke and soot, as compared to fireplaces that use wood fire. If you think your TV can handle the heat and smoke coming from your gel or natural gas fireplace, then you’re probably good to go!

  • Will you have to rearrange a lot of furniture to make it work?

Your furniture arrangement will determine if putting the TV over your fireplace is going to work, aesthetically. So, if the answer is yes, then ask yourself, “Is all that work worth it?” At the end of the day, it will depend on how much work you’re willing to exert. 

  • Is the wall above your fireplace strong enough for mounting a TV?

Figure out if your wall is made of a material that can withstand the weight of a TV unit. Otherwise, mounting could only put your new TV at risk. So, be sure to find out what it is made of and then take the necessary precautions before proceeding with your mounting project. 

As an additional precaution, use sturdy wall mounts to make sure that your TV is safe and secure. 

TV Wall Mount Guide

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Buying a TV has become a complicated process. Perhaps back in the day, it was as simple as running to the store, getting one, plugging it to your antenna and voila! You’ve got yourself a running Television. However, times have changed since then. Today, when you run to the store to get yourself a TV, there are dozens of factors that you have to take into consideration: 

Flatscreen or Curved display? What’s the right size and dimensions that would fit your needs? Should it be a Smart TV? What are the additional features that you need? 4K Ultra HD? Surround Sound Speakers? Sound Bars? How many HDMI ports do you really need?

When purchasing a flatscreen TV, another essential that you need to buy is the wall mount. A TV wall mount is not an optional accessory that you can opt not to get. Due to thinner screens, the majority of flatscreen TVs cannot stand on their own. At the same time, wall mounts give homeowners more space as they do not require a TV table, unlike old TVs. 

This will, however, entail another bout of discussions for wall mounts like what’s the best tv wall mount for plaster walls? Can your walls sustain the weight of a TV? Where will you place your wall mount? And what’s your budget for this? Choosing the best TV wall mount is crucial to optimizing your watching experience. 

Here I have listed down some of the common types of TV wall mounts and its pros and cons.

Fixed TV Wall Mount

A Fixed TV Wall Mount is the simplest option. This type of wall mount is the cheapest among its peers and also has the shortest installation time of all. It is comparably quick to install as these low-priced wall brackets just need to be drilled into a section of your house. 

However, there is a catch. Once attached, you cannot adjust or move the bracket at all. Fixed TV wall mounts do not allow any adjusting which may hamper your watching experience. If you choose to go with this type, make sure that you carefully and extensively measure the position of your TV. The height and angle of the screen will play a huge factor as to whether you will enjoy your nightly ritual of watching football or not. Another disadvantage of a fixed TV wall mount is that adding or removing an HDMI cable will require you to remove the TV from the wall bracket.

Tilting TV Wall Mount

For an additional amount, you can get a tilting TV wall mount instead. Tilting wall brackets are a sure upgrade from a fixed TV wall mount. A tilting bracket allows its users to adjust the screen angle from 5 to 15 degrees vertically. This makes for a much better watching experience. Not everyone has the same height when seated so finding the optimal angle every time you sit down to watch is necessary.

There is one catch to a tilting bracket though. It does not have the capability to move horizontally.

Full Motion TV Wall Mount

A full-motion TV wall mount offers full flexibility for your TV angle. Because of its range, it has also been called as an Extending Arm and Swivel. You can have it anchored in one side of the wall and have its swivelling arm extend outwards, offering you a better angle wherever you are positioned.

With the full-motion TV wall mount, you can adjust your TV depending on your watching position. You can take a seat, slouch, or even lie down and it wouldn’t be a problem. This wall mount is the one that adjusts instead of you giving up comfort for a better watching angle.

Of course, there is still a catch to this option. A full-motion TV wall mount is considerably pricier than the regular wall mounts and bracket. It is a small price to pay though for total control of your viewing experience. Arranging your cables will also be a much easier process.

TV Stand

If your walls are flimsy and are not made of sturdy material, then there is, of course, the option of mounting your TV on a tabletop, counter, a shelf, etc. By using a TV stand, you do not have to do any drilling or installing. If you live in a rented space where you can’t drill or stick stuff into your walls, a TV stand is a perfect solution.

Unfortunately, a TV stand has a lot of disadvantages. It takes up a lot of space, especially if you have to bring in an extra table for your TV. At the same time, if you have kids, a TV that’s not fixed to the wall can prove to be quite problematic. People can bump into your table or counter and knock the TV over. 

 

Using TV Wall Mounting Service

Using TV Wall Mounting Service

Just got your brand new flat screen TV? You probably can’t wait to set it up and get started. Most people probably try to do all the setup and mounting themselves, but you may be sorry in the end if you do. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to hire a TV wall mounting service.

First of all, with your new TV if you need any kind of setup assistance such as aerial fitting or help with your Freeview box, you will often find that TV wall mounting can be included in a package deal. Next, if there are any kind of accidents with your equipment, the TV wall mounting service would be liable, and not you. If you choose the right company, you won’t have to worry about any kind of breakages or other accidents because if anything does go wrong, you are covered.

Finally, you will know that everything is set up and working properly. You can hire a company to do your TV wall mounting and not have to worry about a thing yourself. A company that provides you with professional services will use quality materials and tools, have criminal records checked to ensure your safety, provide set up and tuning for your TV package, and often work with local engineers.

Find a company that you feel comfortable with, and trust to do a good job. Look for one with several years of experience. Find one that can give you a free estimate for the job.

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Multiroom Home Entertainment Distribution

Multiroom Home Entertainment Distribution

Multiroom is a fantastic way to provide your property with a complete home entertainment solution in every room!

With the installation of a Multiroom system, you could watch your TV/Satellite/DVD/VHS or other digital television service throughout your property, and furthermore, each could be independently controlled, allowing you, your children, or other members of the family to watch different channels at the same time, without causing any interruption into each others viewing.

Your multiroom system can be completely tailored and installed to your specification. Furthermore, you could have installed a digital radio system, fully configured with your multiroom home distribution system, and have this signal supplied to every room in the property, providing digital radio on demand, controlled via independently from each room. Multiroom provides superb flexibility to your needs.

You could even have your CCTV home security system fully configured to work alongside your multiroom system, providing you instant access of your camera hotspots, all through your television!

Aerialforce are multiroom installation specialists, and can tailor make a multiroom setup specific to your requirements. Aerialforce can also supply and install suitable digital compatible systems such as tv aerials and satellite systems, to fully complement your multiroom installation.

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Getting Home TV Distribution

Getting Home TV Distribution

Home TV distribution is getting multiple TV’s set up in your home so that you can enjoy your favourite shows and channels in different rooms. Here are just some of the ways this could benefit you.

With multiroom installation, you can have a TV in any room of the house. For instance, if you wanted to you could have a TV in your kitchen so that you could cook while watching one of your favourite cooking programs. Or if you wanted a TV in the family room you can watch a movie as a family, yet still have another TV set in the lounge or bedroom where you can watch shows or movies that are not appropriate for your children without making them feel left out.

If you care for one of your parents or another elderly relative, you could allow them to have a TV In their own room so they can watch their favourite programs and not interrupt you with yours. The same goes for college students coming home for the summer, or, as inevitably many of them will—to live at home again.

Aerial installers can do multiroom installation exactly how you want it. Talk to the company about your ideas and preferences and see what they can do for you. There are many different ways to set it up and you can do it to your specifications.

Many aerial installers also provide other services that can be a big help whether you are buying a new digital TV or getting satellite TV for the first time.

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What Cables Do I Need for my TV?

What Cables Do I Need for my TV?

There could be many different reasons for you to check out this informative guide on what cables you need for your TV – perhaps you’ve bought a new piece of AV equipment, or you’ve recently had a new TV installation. You may have also decided to have a look where all the cords are and wondered whether you really need them all. Whatever the reason, this TV cable guide is going to help you figure out exactly what you need to make your TV work.

Visual and Audio Cables

The cables we’ve outlined below can offer both audio and visual features for your television. Let’s take a look:

Component Cable:

If you want a great picture quality on your TV, then you’ll want to get a component cable. It’s actually five cables, and they are red, blue and green.

RCA or Phono:

This is the final type of audio and visual cable connection, and is a yellow connection that is used for stereo sound. If your equipment doesn’t come with an HDMI connection, then you’ll want one of these as they are the next best option. They also serve to help replace SCART cables, which is also the purpose of HDMI.

HDMI:

this is one of the most common TV cables available. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and it is responsible for providing your TV with high definition quality as well as a good audio connection between your TV and audio equipment. HDMI cables are being improved on all the time, so you may want to consider updating yours if it’s an older model.

SCART:

This is what HDMI cables used to be – however, they can still be relevant in certain circumstances. You may want to use them if you’ve still got a DVD player or even a VCR. They are easily recognisable because they have a big, bulky connector at the end.

Visual Cables

Now that we’ve covered audio-only cables, let’s take a look at visual only options:

DVI:

This stands for digital video connection cable that is capable of producing HD video. It is compatible with HDMI for your TV – however, it is an older version, so a lot of modern TVs don’t come with a DVI connection.

S-Video:

This type of visual cable is not the most popular, however there will be some scenarios where it could come in handy. Because it’s an analog connection, it can help to differentiate the brightness and color of your TV so that you get a high picture quality. However, if you have an RGB, you can easily get a much better picture quality, which is why these cables aren’t too popular.

Audio Cables

We’ve talked about cables that provide both audio and visual features. Now, let’s take a look at cables that provide audio features only:

Phono:

You will recognize the phono cable because it will come with a white and red lead. These are used to link the TV to an audio sound system. This will give you stereo sound, and each cable is used for a speaker.

Auxiliary:

This type of cable is used in the headphone jack of your television. It’s used to connect sound to soundbars, but because it only offers one sound channel, its use is limited. Another downside is that some TVs will mute the sound on the screen when you’re using a cable like this.

Optical:

This is the most common audio connection currently – if you’re not using HDMI to with your audio, this is your next best option. It is a fibre optic cable that sends its signal through light and is great if you have a surround sound audio system.

Coaxial:

This audio cable is a cross between a phono and an optical and is used for stereo sound. It’s a digital connection and is typically thicker than most audio cables to protect it from interference with other digital signals. This is another cable you’ll want to get for surround sound.

Other Cables

Now that we’ve covered the basics in all three categories, let’s take a look at any other leads you may need for your TV setup:

Ethernet:

All modern TVs come with an ethernet input, which allows you to stream the internet on your TV. While many TVs these days are compatible with WiFi, a lot of them still come with this connection so you can stream the internet on your television.

RF Leads:

This is the cable you need if you want to watch a live TV broadcast. If you’ve got a TV aerial socket, you will need a cable like this to connect it to the TV. Most modern TVs have this connection.

USB:

If your TV is modern, then it should have a couple of USB inputs where you can connect a USB cable. This can be used to watch a number of different things, from family videos to still photos. USB inputs are also great for upgrading things on your TV.

What Cable Does my TV Aerial Need?

To ensure that your aerial fitting goes smoothly, you need to consider what cable does your tv aerial actually need. Generally speaking, you’ll need a TV aerial plug. This is a connector that’s used to link coaxial cables with one another, as well as link them up with terrestrial roof antennas. This is your best bet at having a working TV that’s connected to the TV aerial so that you can pick up the correct signals for your region.

You might also be interested in knowing more about freesat dish installation – if so click on the link for more information.

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Types of TV Wall Mounts

Types of TV Wall Mounts

If you’ve just got a new TV, and you want to change things up and mount it on the wall, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. If you’re not sure where to start, things can get a little bit confusing and overwhelming. To help you figure out precisely what type of TV wall mount you want to suit your home décor and lifestyle, we’ve covered all the options in the article below. From here, you’ll be in a much better position to figure out the perfect wall mount for your TV.

Fixed Position TV Mounts

This type of TV wall mount is otherwise known as a low profile TV mount. If you don’t usually like all the fuss and frills, this is the most straightforward TV wall mount options that are going to give you the minimal hassle. You may have already figured this one out, but a fixed position TV wall mount isn’t going to move at all, so if you don’t mind having your TV directed at one place all the time, this is the wall mount for you. 

Fixed position wall mounts are able to sit comfortably against the wall and won’t stick out at all, giving you a nice, sleek look. Your TV is going to look like it’s a part of the wall.

Why Should You Purchase a Fixed Wall Mount?

What scenarios are fixed wall mounts best in? Let’s take a look:

  • You want your TV to look like it’s a part of the wall
  • You don’t need to get behind your TV too often
  • You’re not worried about TV glare, and your TV doesn’t face a window
  • You will be putting your couch directly in front of the television
  • You only have one place that your wall-mounted TV can go

A Tilting TV Wall Mount

You may have already guessed by the name of this wall mount is that it can tilt. This means that you can adjust where the screen of your TV faces so that you can change how and where you watch your TV. This is a great option if you need to mount your TV a bit higher on the wall.

If you’ve got a large TV picked out for your wall mount, you may want to think about an extension for the tilt; otherwise, it may struggle to move in the directions that you want. Without an extension, your TV is going to get stuck on the wall before you’ve managed to move it far enough.

Why a Tilt Mount?

Let’s take a look at some reasons why you would want to use a tilt mount for your wall-mounted TV:

  • You want your TV to be higher on the wall, preferably above eye level
  • You want to have multiple options when it comes to watching your TV. This means you want to be able to tile your TV if you’re sitting low to the floor, or standing and doing a workout
  • Your TV is opposite a window, and you frequently get glare

Full Motion Mount

This type of TV wall mount is also called a swivel wall mount at times, and this is the most versatile type of wall mount so if you want to make the most of your TV being on the wall, you may want to go for this model.

As well as being able to tilt your TV down, you can also tilt it from side to side and even pull it out from the wall if you prefer. With most swivel wall mounts, you can also get an extension for optimal flexibility. 

As you may have already guessed, the larger the extension of your wall mount, the more it’s going to be able to reach out from the wall, which will give you a wide range of movement. 

Why a Swivel Wall Mount?

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may want to choose a swivel tv wall mount:

  • You want to be able to watch your TV from multiple angles and positions in the room
  • The shape of your room requires your TV to be able to move 
  • You need to be able to get your TV out of the way as a space saver. If you live in an apartment and you haven’t got a lot of room to work with, mounting your TV to the wall is a great option
  • A swivel mount combined with an extension is a great option if you frequently need access to the cables behind your TV

Finding the Right Mount for Your TV

As you can see, there are a number of options to choose from when it comes to a wall mount for your TV. Within these options, there are also features that include different types of extensions. It all depends on the shape of your room, how you like to watch TV and what you’re going to use your TV for. Remember, the larger the extension, the more flexible your wall-mounted TV is going to be. If you prefer your TV not to move at all, try a fixed-position wall mount without any kind of extension. Luckily, there are enough options to suit everyone.

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How To Retune My TV

How To Retune My TV

There’s nothing more annoying than losing the signal on your TV and not getting the channels that you’re used to. If the normal channels aren’t coming up, then you may need to think about giving your television a retune. In this article, we’re going to talk about why your TV may have lost some channels and how you can retune it without having to call in a professional.

Why Do You Need To Tune Your TV?

When you first get your brand new television, you’re going to connect it to your TV aerial and find the TV channels that you love the most. In order to do this, you’re going to need to tune your TV. This involves making sure that your TV aerial is sending the right signals to your coax cable. In any given location, there will be numerous different transmitters that send different messages to your TV, and the transmission your TV receives depends on the broadcasting you want to get. For you to receive the correct signals on your TV so that you can get the channels you want, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve tuned your TV correctly. 

There is the obvious question: why isn’t every TV on the same frequency, so there’s no need to tune them? This is because if all the transmitters were on the same wavelength, they would get in the way of one another and you would have to deal with interference all the time, which is going to end up being more annoying than having to tune your TV in the first place.

How to Tune Your TV

You’d be surprised how easy it can be to tune your TV when you first get it. When you first plug your TV in and turn it on, you will be shown a menu where one of the options is to tune your TV. All you have to do is decide which broadcast you want to tune your TV to and it will do the rest. While there are issues that can arise from having to do this, generally speaking, it’s not going to be difficult for you to tune your TV for the first time. Let’s break this process down to make it a bit more understandable.

Choose Your Location

If you want to make sure your TV connects to the right TV channels, it’s important to tell your TV what country you are in. For example, if you tell it you are in England, it’s going to set BBC as your number one channel. If you don’t tell the TV which country you are in, it’s going to allocate random numbers to the TV channels you want, which could make them challenging to find.

Choosing the Right Scan

There are three different scan types that you can choose from, which are going to be chosen based on whether you have a satellite dish or an aerial attached to your TV. Most modern TVs are connected to satellite, which there are some TVs that run on cable, but this isn’t too popular these days. Thirdly, there is an air scan, which is the scan you want to choose if your TV is connected to an aerial. 

Choosing the Right Region

You’ve already chosen the country you’re in so your TV can line up your channels correctly. Not all TVs will give you a secondary option, but some will ask you to be a bit more specific with your location and ask for the region within your country. This is going to help you get connected to any regional channels that may be available to you due to where you are based. 

How to Retune Your TV

If you have a feeling that you’re not keeping up with the latest channels and services that are available in your region, we recommend retuning your TV now and then. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may want to do this:

  • Transmitter Adjustments: from time to time, there will be work done on the transmitter itself, which will require you to retune your TV. For example, when they implemented 4G on the network, a lot of people experienced issues with their channel connections. If you’re having trouble getting your usual channels, you may want to think about giving it a retune.
  • Additional Channels: now and then extra channels are added to your connection, and it’s always nice to update your TV tuning so you can make the most of these.
  • Change of Frequency: every so often, your favorite TV channels can move to another broadcasting service. While this isn’t that common, it has been known to happen. If your TV is still connected to the old frequency, then you may not be receiving your usual channels. 

How to Retune Your TV

When it comes to retuning your TV, there are a couple of options. There is manually retuning it and automatically retuning it. Let’s take a look at both so you can choose which one you like the look of the most.

Automatically Retuning Your TV

With automatically retuning your TV, you need to find the tuning settings within the menu. It’s worth noting here that all TVs are going to have a different process of automatic tuning, so you may want to refer to the manual of your TV model if you get stuck. It’s worth it at this point when you located the tuning settings within the menu of your TV to select the option for a first-time installation. This can update all of your channels and services so that you’re getting the latest broadcastings. 

Manually Retuning Your TV

When you manually retune your TV, it’s important that you’re able to recognize the transmitter that your TV aerial is connected to. It’s also important that you know what frequency your TV is tuned to so that you can enter both pieces of information into the TV itself. This is the best way to tune your TV manually. Always refer to the manual of your TV if you feel stuck or confused about any part of the process.

I Don’t Have the Same Channels

If you have retuned your TV and found that some of the channels didn’t make it through that you love, then this could be something to do with your TV aerial. Before you call the company that installed your antenna, there are a couple of things you can do to try and fix this, including turning off all equipment attached to your TV for a few minutes and checking that your coaxial cable is plugged into your aerial correctly.

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