Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, 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 shower, the washing machine, 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 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 turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create warm comfort 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 provide great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? 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.