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 conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide heat 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 provide great comfort during the winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Raleigh today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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