Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, 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 can also be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until 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 can also 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 give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Sharonville today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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