Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Stevenson Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and create 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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