Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home is using to heat your water? McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 is used, fresh cold water enters through 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. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and give heat 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Grand Island today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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