Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner 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 to never end.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? McKinley Heating Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different 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 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 winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call McKinley Heating Service Experts in Edmonton today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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