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 conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include 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 homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, 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 heat the home and provide hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide 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 adaptable heating systems that give you 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 Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Wheeling today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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