Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Rolf Griffin 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 large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and create 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 winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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