Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning 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 to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most people 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 is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 flexible 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 in Dayton today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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