Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure 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 water 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 traditional water heater will heat the water and then store 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and give warmth 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. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Naples today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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