Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Wesley Wood 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 big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated 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 washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in 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 warm the home and give you hot water. A particular 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 circulated throughout the home and give 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 supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in West Chester today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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