Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning 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 people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional 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 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. 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 distributed throughout the home and create heat 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 season. Newer 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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