Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases 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 is here to help clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big 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 washer loaded with towels, 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, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gainesville today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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