Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the summer 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, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

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

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing 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 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 heat the home and provide hot 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 give 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Broad Ripple Service Experts in Indianapolis today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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