Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warmer months 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, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 in 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 heat the home and provide 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 create heat through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts in Windsor today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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