Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Comfort Masters Service Experts is here to help explain 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 utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, 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 bring heat to the home and heat the 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 distributed throughout the home and provide heat 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 provide great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Comfort Masters Service Experts in Wheeling today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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