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 cooler season, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using 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 bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, 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 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 versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts in Edmonton today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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