Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warm season 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, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But the thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes 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 Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give 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 give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hillsborough today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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