Boilers Versus Water Heaters

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever. 

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they require 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 uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems. 

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using 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 washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home. 

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warm comfort 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 winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient. 

Can’t decide 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.