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 cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 is used, fresh cold water enters through 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 warm the home and give you hot water. A different 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 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the winter season. Updated 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 Kingston today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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