Boilers Versus Water Heaters

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

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two water 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 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 washing machine, 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 can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it 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 able to heat the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very versatile heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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