There are many devices 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 you include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.
But a thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Orangutan Home Services is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.
A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store 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 is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use around your home.
A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular 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 distributed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 provide great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.
Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Orangutan Home Services in Tempe today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.