Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many devices required to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end. 

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

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use across your home. 

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give 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 flexible 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 best for you? Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate. 

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