Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Midway Services is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed 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 winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Midway Services in Clearwater today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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