Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular 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 warmth through radiators. A boiler can also heat the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very flexible heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Knoxville today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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