Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems 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 require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular 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 distributed throughout the home and give 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 give you great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gaithersburg today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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