Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat 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 heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing 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 in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another 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 create 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 winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in West Palm Beach today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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