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Mounting a TV over a Fireplace

It is an age-old debate, well, as old as flat panel TVs anyway.  In practice, it is the most common place we install a TV.  A lot of self-proclaimed experts will tell you that it's the absolute wrong thing to do...that the heat and smoke from the fireplace will destroy your TV. 

I can't count how many we've installed in the past nine years...not one customer has complained of a failed or even smoke tinted TV.  Our installations over fireplaces are in the hundreds.  

So, why do some scoff at such a mounting?  It must come down to assumptions--its easy to assume rising heat, smoke, and soot will be convected right into and on to your TV.  Unless the fireplace is defective and inefficient, the heat just isn't that much nor that hot riding the wall straight up from the fireplace opening (although, I'm sure some soot would escape any fire--it's just not been found to be depositing on the anything above the fireplace at any noticeable rate--maybe fifty-years worth of build-up might be an issue?)

Look at it this way, is the bottom of your mantle burned, scorched, smoked over?  If it is, get the fireplace fixed...most likely, it isn't, and your TV will be just fine as well.

The other problem with mounting over a fireplace is the height.  That is just logistics...if you're going to mount above the fireplace, the TV will be "above the fireplace".  We'll always use a quality tilt mount or articulating arm mount so the glare from overhead lights is not a nuisance, but it still means the TV is at a height where you must look up.  In practice, we have not had any customer complaints after the fact that the TV was too high (and our customers do always choose the height themselves based on our recommendations)...it seems when watching TV most people aren't sitting straight up in a chair looking straight forward.  Most of us rest our heads back a little or are even laying down in all kinds of positions.  

A lot of experts (us included) will say that the TVs are designed for the best viewing pleasure being with the vertical center of the TV at viewing height--this is true, but it is also not as straight forward geometrically as one might think.  After all, if you are leaning back or laying down, your center of vision is up at an angle from the position of your head, plus, since your eyballs do move, they naturally align themselves to the TV.  I don't think I'm contending that everyone should mount their TVs with the center at a 45° angle from seated head-height, but what I am saying is that a little bit of height is not a bad thing and is a more natural viewing angle.

All-in-all, lots of people will give their opinion and will tell you how wrong you are (about more than just TVs over fireplaces), when the bottom line is, the best place to install your TV is exactly where you want it...low; high; on the ceiling; on the floor....

Our warnings about mounting above a fireplace:

  • Studs can be hard to find, especially behind rock or other facades
  • Fireplaces aren't always framed like a wall...be sure you are in solid studs that are solidly framed in
  • Make sure your wires in the fireplace cavity are clear of any hot surfaces...if the fireplace is installed right, should be no problem, but be sure...no need to turn the entire house into a fireplace.

The hardest things about installing over a fireplace:  

  • Ladder time
  • Getting power behind the TV so you conceal all wires
  • Mounting flush on uneven rock surfaces

If you're confident and handy, it's no harder than any other installation other than most of it is on a ladder.  If you have any doubts, give us a call...we do this professionally and we know exactly where the liabilities lie!

Once your TV is installed above your fireplace, from our customer's experiences, you will not be disappointed.

Give us a call or drop an email or hit us up on Facebook for an estimate or to arrange a site-survey so we can let you know if your fireplace is ready to host your TV.

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Intrusion, Burglar, Robbery, and Fire Alarm Systems

AVIES Alarm System services include system design, installation, and consulations.  We install systems for home and business.  Systems can include burglar alarms, other intrusion alarms, robbery/panic alarms and  fire alarm systems.

Our system can be Stand Alone or Professionally, Remotely Monitored (requires monthly fee with monitoring station).  

Sensors include Door Open, Window Open, Glass Break, Motion (Passive and Active), Smoke, Heat, CO, Driveway, Water Leak, and more.  Systems can also include sirens as well as strobes when needed.  All of the systems we install can notify you or central stations via land line, networking, or cellular.  

We typically specifiy and use DSC, GE, and Honeywell equipment and typically recommend hardwiring all sensors and controllers where possible.  Our systems are capable of using wireless devices as well if hardwire is just not feasible.  

We also work with newer tech Smart Home, Nest, and other brands as well.

Contact us today for more information!

 

 

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Complete Home Theater System Design, Installations, and Service

Are you ready to create a home theater in an existing space in your home or are you building a new home and want to include a theater?  

AVIES designs and integrates custom systems that provide years of entertainment and make your home the place to be for movie nights, big games, or just to hang out and add value to your home.

All levels of installations from clean and safe wall-mounted TVs to dedicated cinema quality theater rooms . Game and entertainment rooms also benefit from upgrades to the newest tech and we're experienced with all of it--Surround Sound; ATMOS technology (you have to hear this to believe it...we have a demo in our show room, come on in and hear what ATMOS is about); Whole-Home entertainment systems; universal remotes from URC; cord-cutting streaming technologies; network and Wi-Fi upgrades, 4K UHD and 3D systems; projectors, LED/LCDs, and more--we strive to be the go-to experts in all of these technologies.  

And, if your project is big (requiring permits and inspections) AVIES works directly with your general contractors or can serve as your general contractor for a complete remodel, basement finish. 

We can also work as your design consultant for your own installation or future plans.

If you already have an existing system and just want to upgrade or need help getting it back in-service, we're there for you.

Send an email or give us a call today to get started!

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What Equipment Do We Recommend?

AVIES is an authorized dealer and/or installer for many high-quality equipment brands.  We can go with any brand you like and we'll offer your a good/better/best choice (and the super-high-end professional gear if that suits your needs).  We are an authorized Denon dealer and are extremely happy with their Audio-Video Receivers (and so are our customers).  Denon has the best user interface we've used, great apps, HEOS technology, and more.  Any receiver we'd use for your system will have Apple AirPlay©, Bluetooth, Networking, Built-in Streaming, and more.

We are also authorized resellers and programmers for Universal Remote Control (URC)...the top selection in home theater universal remotes. 

As for speakers, we'll always lean towards Phase Tech.  We are authorized resellers for Phase Technology.  Their speakers are world class audiophile level with options at all price levels  Stop by our show room and hear for yourself. We have a home theater system setup and configured for ATMOS sound--you really won't believe your ears and hearing is worth the trip alone.

TVs...well, that can change, but right now, we're installing more Samsungs than any other brand.  Their 4K QLED sets do not disappoint but LG and Sony have some sweet offerings as well.  And, there's nothing wrong with the 2nd Tier brands of Visio, Insignia, and such--we know there are very few LCD plants in the world, so it wouldn't be surprising to find that a lot of these brands have shared parts.  The advantage with the 1st Tier products has always been in maturity of the design (thinner TVs, better user interfaces, more features) and longevity, but that is all getting closer between the brands as time passes.

Wiring, we'll always use pure copper Cat-6 and Cat-5, Speaker Wire, and Coax...you can save some money with Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA), but we'll only use that upon your request--solid copper has better conductivity specs in all cases.

The summary is, we'll work directly with you to ensure you get the best you can have at the price you want to pay.

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We provide on-site support for both commercial and residential customers. Our technicians are skilled at troubleshooting issues with computers, servers, networks, audio systems, security cameras, security systems, smart home devices, automation systems, video systems and more...even if we didn't install them! The AVIES team has over 40 years of combined experaicnce repairing and installing electronics. If we can't fix your issue we probably know just the right person to refer you to. Give us a call!

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Network Wiring

We can help you get the most out of your internet connection! The Kansas City metro area is known around the country for having some of the fastest internet speeds at competitive rates but unless you have things properly connected, you may only see a fraction of the speed you pay for. Our wiring services always include inwall concealment when possible and a wall plate for a clean and professional look. Whether you need one connection ran for a gaming system or you want the entire house hard wired for blazing fast internet anywhere, we have the tools and experience needed to make it happen. Trying to get the fastest speeds possible on your wireless devices? Even with the latest gigabit capable wifi routers it can be difficult to get the speeds you expect. Usually the biggest factor hindering high speed wifi is the distance between the router and your device. Hard wiring the router to a centralized location can significantly increase wifi speeds and signal strength.