Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the warm season 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 one thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home uses to heat your water? A-PLUS Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by employing 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 washing machine, 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, too, can be heated 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 to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create heat through radiators. A boiler can also 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 give you great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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