Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide heat through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Dayton today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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