Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, 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 homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water 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 standard water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washer loaded with towels, 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 around 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 circulated throughout the home and provide 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 versatile heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in North America today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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