Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another 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 dispersed throughout the home and provide 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 versatile heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Indianapolis today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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