Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Service Experts Home Services by Enercare is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another 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 warm comfort 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Home Services by Enercare in the Niagara Region today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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