There are many devices needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.
But the thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most families 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 is using to heat your water? Fras-Air/General Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.
A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional 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 is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use throughout your home.
A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A different type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warm comfort 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.
Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts in Hillsborough today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.