Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using 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 washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can 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 particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Jackson today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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