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, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require 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 uses 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 created 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 hot 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 heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide heat through radiators. A boiler is also able to heat the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very flexible 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 Charlotte today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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