Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices 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 use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced 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 hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across 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 until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and give warmth 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 cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Atlanta today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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