Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most people 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? Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store 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 to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, 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 heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company in San Antonio today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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