Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Donelson Air Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats 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 versatile heating systems that provide great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Donelson Air Service Experts in Nashville today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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