Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Church Services is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, 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 heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it 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 capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Church Services in Houston today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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