Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases 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 large tank that, that’s right, 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to 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. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed 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. Newer 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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