Boilers Versus Water Heaters Published on February 05, 2017 There are many appliances required to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless. But the thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems. A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use across your home. A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give heat 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 winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient. Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.