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 to go on forever.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they require 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 Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, 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 heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and create heat 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 cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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