Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices 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 include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But the thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 around 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 actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts in Kitchener today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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