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Wood Heaters: Why They’re Popular and How to Maintain Them

Updated: Oct 3, 2018

Wood heaters are growing in popular in Australian homes. In fact, according to the Australian Home Heating Association, firewood is used as a heat source in over 900,000 homes. There are a multitude of reasons to explain why wood heaters are becoming so popular. At Greg Mitchell Plumbing, we are quite passionate about wood heaters. We offer wood heater installation and repair services because we truly believe that wood heaters are one of the most effective and advantageous heating options. If you’re considering installing a wood heater and want to know more about them, continue reading.

Benefits of wood heaters:

When many people are asked about the benefits of wood heaters, they immediately believe the stereotype that wood heaters are a less effective, primitive heating method that couldn’t possibly stand up against current electrical heaters. They would be wrong. Nearly 1 million Australian homes choose to use wood heaters for a reason- well, for several reasons. Here are a few:

  • They are cost-effective: It can cost over 12 cents per hour to heat your home using an electrical heater. That may seem like a small number, but when you calculate how many hours your heater is turned on daily and how many days out of the year that it is used, your electrical bill can be astronomical. The only costs associated with wood heaters, on the other hand, is installation and repairs. While installation may be costly initially, you will more than make your money back in time.

  • They use less energy: It’s no secret that electrical and gas heaters use quite a bit of energy. Where else would they draw their heat source from? Electrical heaters typically use 1-3 kilowatts of energy per hour- that can really add up considering most people use their heaters for several hours every day during the coming autumn and winter months. Wood heaters, on the other hand, don’t consume any energy as they create their heat naturally. There is no question about which heat source uses less energy; wood heaters like fireplaces will win every time.

  • They can be aesthetically pleasing: If aesthetics are important to you, then a fireplace should be your go-to option for heating your home. Electrical and gas heaters often look like what they are- hunks of metal in your home. How ugly is that? Fireplaces, on the other hand, can be well-made and beautifully-designed. If you want your living room or bedroom to stay warm, but also look picturesque, then a wood heater is the way to go. They can completely transform the environment of any room into a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

  • More accessible: In rural areas of Australia, electric and gas heaters aren’t an option. Heat pumps are needed for this type of heating and, while it may be affordable to some in larger cities, rural communities are unable to access heat pumps and, even if they could, would not be able to afford the $5000-$10,000 capital cost. Wood heaters are much more affordable and accessible options for those in rural areas, especially, because they have access to lower-cost firewood and can then heat their home without paying a fortune.

There are very few cons to wood heaters: they are cost-effective, energy-efficient, accessible for all and can be absolutely beautiful additions to your home. Contact us at Greg Mitchell Plumbing today to find out more about the installation process of wood heaters.

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