Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different 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 circulated throughout the home and create warm comfort 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 supply great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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