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 air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

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

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store 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. Another 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 give 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 give you 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 complimentary in-home estimate.

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