Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever. 

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

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot 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 can also be warmed for use across your home. 

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and provide hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and create warm comfort 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 give you great comfort during the winter season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient. 

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.