One modern convenience that homeowners enjoy is having immediate hot water. Hot water is important for washing laundry, running a dishwasher, and taking a shower or bath. It’s a good idea to know what type of heating system you have in your home, in case it ever needs to be repaired or replaced. If you’re thinking of building a new home, knowing the advantages of a water heater versus a boiler may come in handy too.
A standard water heater heats the water and then maintains the temperature in a storage tank until the water is needed. As the hot water is used, cold water enters the top of the tank and is funneled to the bottom to be heated for eventual usage in the home. Water heaters can also be tankless or a hybrid version, and can run on electricity, natural gas, and even solar energy. They’re ideal for smaller spaces, and tend to feature simpler control systems.
A boiler heats water to be distributed throughout the home, and it also turns water into steam, which can then be circulated throughout the home to warm individual rooms through a radiator system. A boiler can heat the air in a central heating system, and can also heat floors constructed with radiant heating. A boiler is powerful enough to heat a swimming pool, and even an entire apartment complex.
Boilers are very energy efficient and versatile; they utilize a closed loop system, so after the heat is drawn from the steam, the steam turns back into water to be heated again and turned once again into steam. A boiler can run on electricity, natural gas, propane, and some alternative fuels.
The professionals at Golden Seal Service Experts can perform a maintenance check on both types of systems. Annual maintenance is important to keep your water heater or boiler running safely and efficiently. For more information, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 621-9784