Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, 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 dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create 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 cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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