Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need 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 need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm 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 storage 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 hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the dishwasher, 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, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until 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 can also 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. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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