There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.
But a thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.
A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.
A boiler, on the other hand, 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 to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide warm comfort through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating 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.
Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Roanoke today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.