Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Strogen's 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, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washer loaded with towels, 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 can also be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different 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 give 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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