Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Service Experts Commercial HVAC is here to help explain the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC in Toronto today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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