Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Sunbeam Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store 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 leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Sunbeam Service Experts in Buffalo today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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