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Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide 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 adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Oakville today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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