Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many appliances 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 there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Stevenson Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washer loaded with towels, 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 can also be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and provide hot water. A different 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 provide heat through radiators. A boiler can also 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 provide great comfort during the winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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