Having received a lot of questions following my previous blog post on wood heating, I’ve decided to answer a few of them here. I am an advocate of wood heaters and am personally glad to see them in more homes I visit across Australia. The Danish concept of hygge is picking up over the country this Autumn/Winter, following its takeover in the US and UK. The term hygge is all about perfecting the art of getting cosy; sitting in front of a warm, welcoming fire with a hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other – the winter dream.
A great way to generate hygge in your home is with a wood heater. They are a focal point of a living room and can change the room’s atmosphere entirely. Today, I think we are more likely to see TVs as focal points in Australian living rooms but a wood heater gives a sense of relaxation and escape. They’re also a great conversation starter, and a way to bring the family together. There are many different styles of wood heaters on the market and the difference between them is mostly the way in which heat is delivered and the amount of space the wood heater will heat up.
Wood heating is a great way to achieve low cost, efficient heating for your home and if you’re thinking about buying or upgrading, it’s important to consider the layout of your home as there are factors you’ll need to consider to ensure you get the right fit for your home.
The Australian Home Heating Association recommends that heaters should be sized to accommodate the area you wish to heat as you can make a room uncomfortably hot if you install a wood heater that’s too big for your needs.
It’s also important to get a professional to install your wood heater to ensure it’s done correctly, and once completed you will receive a compliance notice for the installation.
Wood heaters sold on the Australian market need to meet some of the world’s strictest requirements for emissions and efficiency making wood heating not only a great way to heat your home and save money but it is also environmentally responsible and a sustainable source of energy.
Another trend in the market is the take-up of pellet heaters. Instead of burning wood logs, they burn pellets which are steam compressed sawdust. Emissions from certified pellet heaters are very low, and are another option to consider.
Don’t forget that maintenance is important too. Your wood heater should be serviced once a year, ideally in the spring or early summer as well as having your flue cleaned regularly by your local chimney sweep. I would also advise to frequently check the condition of your wood heater and scope for any bird nests in or near the flue.
If you’re looking into buying a wood heater and could do with a bit more information, please do contact me for advice. I am also working with the Australian Home Heating Association so if I can’t answer your questions with confidence, I will be happy to pass you onto someone at the association who can!