Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm 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 big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, 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, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create warmth 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Orlando today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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