Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing 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 shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give warmth through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very flexible heating systems that supply great comfort during the winter season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Charles today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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