Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner 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 require 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 utilizes to heat your water? Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical 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, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the 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 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 winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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