Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning 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 one thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Roland J. Down Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about 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 using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, 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, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different 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 distributed throughout the home and create warmth through radiators. A boiler is also able to heat 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 season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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