There are many systems you need 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 there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.
But a thing homeowners certainly 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. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Matz-Rightway is here to help explain the difference between the two water systems.
A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.
A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create 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 supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.
Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Matz-Rightway in Long Island today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.