Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and give you hot water. Another 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 dispersed throughout the home and give 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 versatile heating systems that provide 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 & Plumbing in the U.S. today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.