Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

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

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, 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 heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create 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 give you great comfort during the cold season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Westminster today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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