Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most people 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? Strand Brothers Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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