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 winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

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

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across 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 dispersed throughout the home and give warmth 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 give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Richmond today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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