Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they require 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 is using to heat your water? Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 in the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated 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 supply great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in London today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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