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 winter, 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. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? D.A. Bennett Service Experts 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 generated 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 hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, 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 will heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create heat 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 versatile 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 in Albany today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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