Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Midland Air Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters through 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 heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Midland Air Service Experts in Columbia today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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