Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

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

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also 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 different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give warmth 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 winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Girard today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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