Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required 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 there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes 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? Strand Brothers 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 generated by burning gas or by utilizing 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 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, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give heat 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. 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 free in-home estimate.

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