There are many appliances required to run your home. During the summer 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 one thing homeowners certainly know is they need 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 uses to heat your water? Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.
A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout 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 will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.
Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare in Oakville today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.