Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know 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 generated by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point 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 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 supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer 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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