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 cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes 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 is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, 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 dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, 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. A different 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 circulated throughout the home and give 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 in Hurricane today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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