Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point 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 supply great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hurricane today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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