In Illinois, homeowners utilize a variety of systems to run their home. While an air conditioner, furnace, and a myriad of appliances make up the most obvious items, do you know what type of appliance heats your water?
Until the late 1800s, people heated water on their stove or over an open fire, then poured it into the bathtub. The process took a long time, and was inefficient. One initial version of a water heater used natural gases to heat the water, but the method wasn't safe. It was adapted a couple decades later by incorporating safety features, becoming the precursor of today's water heater.
A traditional water heater has a storage tank that heats water, either by natural gas or electricity. The water is stored at that temperature until it's needed for a warm shower or to wash dishes or clothes. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters the tank from the bottom, so it can be warmed and used later. A tankless water heater heats the water at the time it's needed. While it can save on energy costs, the downside is a potential slower water flow rate.
By contrast, a boiler heats water that is used to both heat the home and to provide hot water. Some types of boilers heat the water until it turns into steam, which is then circulated throughout a radiator system in the home. A boiler can also heat the air in a forced air heating system or a floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are quite versatile, and are very energy efficient.
If you're remodeling a home or building a new one, or just need to replace your aging water heating system, call Golden Seal Service Experts in St. Charles for assistance in deciding which will work best for your needs; the visit includes a free in-home estimate. For more information, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174