Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances 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 one 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 uses to heat your water? Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout 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 will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give warmth 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 adaptable heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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