Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Komfort Air is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large 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 store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the dishwasher, 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 throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give warmth 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 flexible heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Komfort Air in Charlotte today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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