Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the 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 utilizes to heat your water? Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about 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 utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to 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 different 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 distributed throughout the home and create heat through radiators. A boiler can also heat 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 season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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