Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Stevenson Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the dishwasher, 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 can also be warmed for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, 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 until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide 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 versatile heating systems that give you great comfort during the winter season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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