Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required 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, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one 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 is here to help explain 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 created by burning gas or by utilizing 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 dishwasher, 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, 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 heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide heat through radiators. A boiler can also 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.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Comfortech Service Experts in Jackson today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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