Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

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

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, 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, too, can be heated for use throughout 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 until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Voorhees today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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