What Is a Boiler?

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boiler service maryland To the untrained eye, boilers and water heaters may appear to be very similar since they both serve the purpose of heating water in your home.

Boilers and water heaters are both types of appliances that use water to generate heat. However, they serve different purposes. Boilers are typically used to provide heating for buildings, while water heaters are used to provide hot water for cooking or bathing.

The Taylor team of trained and skilled service technicians are boiler installation, maintenance, and repair experts. We’ll keep your boiler running with maximum energy efficiency while you stay comfortable in your Southern Maryland home.

We have put together information on both boilers and water heaters, so you have a better idea of how each work.

How does a boiler work?

A boiler uses water that is recirculated to generate heat for your home as either heated water or steam. Because the system is closed, it does not require fresh or potable water.

The components of a boiler include:

Water and steam efficiently transfer heat better than forced-air heating, resulting in a more even temperature distribution. The heat from boilers is less drying for skin, furniture, and fabrics than forced-air heating.

How does a water heater work?

There are two kinds of water heaters: conventional storage heaters with a tank and tankless water heaters.

A storage tank water heater uses either gas or electricity to heat up water until it reaches the temperature you set. The heated water is then stored in a tank until you need it. The reheating process begins again once the water falls below the set temperature. This system ensures that there is always hot water available to you.

The temperature of the water coming out of your sink or shower is decided by how much you turn the handle on your faucet, or what setting you have your washing machine or dishwasher set at. When you turn on your shower or sink, cold water enters the heating system, and the heated water is pushed through the pipes to its destination. The pressure in your pipes determines how this process works.

Save on your energy costs by using a propane tankless water heater! This type of system only heats water when it’s needed, instead of continuously heating an unused supply. Cold water enters the tankless water heater, where it is heated instantly. Water keeps being heated and send to where it’s needed as long as it is needed. Homeowners report saving 40% or more on their monthly bill with this one change.

If you have not had your boiler tuned up yet this year, now is the time to make sure it’s ready for winter! Contact us today to schedule your inspection.