Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever. 

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to help explain the difference between the two heating systems. 

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use throughout your home. 

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different 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 circulated throughout the home and provide warmth through radiators. A boiler can also 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 provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient. 

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the U.S. today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate. 

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