Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes 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 using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide 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 winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC in Toronto today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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