Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices 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 there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they require 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? Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create 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 adaptable heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating in La Porte today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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