It it worth getting a boiler in Australia?

by Chris Lang on September 20, 2011

Getting a boiler in Australia

Just so you know, I’ve written this on previous experience having lived in colder climates, and if you live in Cairns or Darwin, I entirely understand that home heating is barely on your radar. Why would it need to be – your home’s usually humid all year round. However, the further south you go, the more likely you are to start thinking about this aspect of your utilities – how they should be utilised in the coming years.

Why? Well, you probably have noticed the increasingly erratic winters in recent years, especially in places like Sydney. Who can forget the cold snap earlier this year, which saw snow fall in parts of central western New South Wales? Meanwhile, temperatures in Tasmania famously plummet in the winter.

So while for a large proportion of the population a boiler isn’t going to be much of a use for most of the year, there’s certainly parts where their use is only going to grow in the coming years and is potentially going to be supported by state governments.

How do I know so much about boilers – and not to mention central heating cover and maintenance? Well, I recently returned from a spell in the UK, where almost every home in the country is fitted with this type of home heating equipment. It’s not something the residents just think about installing – it’s an essential for each and every home and factored into their annual home-care budget.

The benefits of having a boiler

Wherever you’re living in Australia, it’s good to know you’ve always got a back-up when it comes to your heating, some are much more natural than others. Although you’re highly unlikely to need heating in the summer, when winter swings round it can be comforting to know you’ll be able to heat your home if your city is hit by a cold snap. And most boilers also have the dual function of heating your water too, meaning you’ll be able to combine your heating functions in one piece of equipment. Currently there are trials by the Tasmanian state government to see if boilers are a viable option to the current status quo.

How to protect your boiler

Of course, when you’re installing an expensive piece of equipment, you’ll want to make sure you’re protected, given that it’ll need a bit of maintenance and a few repairs from time to time. For this reason, many people I knew in the UK got boiler cover, a type of insurance that paid out when they needed to get their equipment repaired or serviced. Given that all boilers can breakdown from time to time, it’s a way of reducing your financial risk, ensuring you’ll be able to afford to get your boiler fixed as soon as it breaks down – something that could warm the heart of even the chilliest southern territories-dwelling Aussie!

Alex Smith writes for Diynewbie.org, a free DIY ideas website, where he gives people tips and “how-to” information on home improvement.

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Wedding Singer Los Angeles September 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I’ve always wanted to go visit Australia. Hope I could travel there one day.

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Chris November 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I really hope for you too!

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