Boilers Versus Water Heaters

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 cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Stevenson Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing 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 is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and give you hot water. A different 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 provide 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 provide great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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