Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems 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 need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Parker Pearce Service Experts is here to help explain 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 hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, 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 can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide heat 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 versatile heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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