Having a heating system in your home is essential especially in the winter. Choosing the heater you want is whole other kettle of fish however, with most people having to decide between getting a gas furnace or a wood burning stove. People that choose gas heaters are usually looking for the easiest to install with the least bit of emission. Wood stoves on the other hand are liked for their rustic charm and their ability to give the best atmosphere. They are best suited for people who enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, in the company of someone special or while winding down with a good book.
Choosing the perfect wood heater for your home could be a bit difficult especially if you have not interacted with this type of heating before. This is why we have prepared a list of things you should be on the lookout for when you go shopping for a wood heater in Sydney.
Look At The Type
The type of heater you purchase will largely be dependent on your house. The larger the house, then by default the bigger your heater is supposed to be. Typically, wood heaters with sizeable fireboxes tend to deliver more heat, since the amount of wood being burnt is more. You do not have to suffer the indignity of having a house that is too hot because you bought a heater that was too big for it. Size should also come into play when choosing between an insert and a free standing fireplace. Inserts typically require less space, and can be fitted into an existing fireplace. Freestanding stoves on the other hand require more space, for both the actual heater, and the flue that comes attached. Without the flue, there are chances of your house filling with smoke, especially of you make the mistake of using wood that has not been properly dried.
The size of the house will come into play when choosing heaters, since you will need to know the type of heating you are working with. Most heaters come either with radiant heating, convection heating, or a combination of both. If you are working with smaller spaces, then radiant heating will suit your needs. Convection heating fits better into a larger home with more space to work with. This is because they heat the air around them rather than the objects, making them achieve a faster heating rate of the air around the room. To work within your budget, shoot for a radiant fireplace that comes with a fan. The perfect example of the importance of the fan is in the regency model of wood heaters. The Regency Montrose Inbuilt fireplace for instance is capable of heating approximately 100 square metres without a fan. Adding the fan doubles the heating capacity to 200 square metres especially if you are using a ducting kit.
Check For The Outputand What Is The Efficiency?
Knowing the output of your wood heater is important when choosing a fireplace to install in Sydney. The output determines just how much wood you would require to heat up a large space. A high output with a low efficiency manes that the stove will take up more wood to produce the heat required. A high efficiency rating with a low output capacity means that it uses up as much wood as possible with very little emissions, but does not deliver the heat required. This type of heater is excellent for small spaces of between 100 and 140 square metres, since you end up spending less on wood. The best kind of heater is one that matches its output with its efficiency. Look for fireplaces that have an output of 68KW or more, with an emission rating of 1.3 grams per kilo of wood, or less. The Regency Kingston Hybrid Freestanding fireplace is a prime example of such a fireplace. It comes with Eco-boost technology which makes it work whether you are heating small spaces or larger ones.
Look At The Installation
When it comes to wood burning stoves, the installation has to be part of the consideration. This should be done according to the Australian standard AS/NZS 2918, the manufacturer’s instructions, and the local council’s building regulations. Sometimes aspects if the installation may seem easy, especially if it involves fitting an insert into an already existing fireplace. The most important part of the installation is, however, the flue, with regards to the height. Some flue heights may go beyond the council’s regulations, or even building codes since some go beyond 5 meters. It is also one of the reasons why you are advised to procure the services of a professional installer.