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 use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Strand Brothers Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular 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 create 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 supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose 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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