Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most homes 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? San Antonio Air Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide 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. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call San Antonio Air Service Experts in San Antonio today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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