Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices 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 use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout 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 until it actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide warmth through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating 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 winter season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Alliance today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.