Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store 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 to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout 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 to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide heat through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating 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 season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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