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 need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances 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 explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store 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 across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, 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 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Longmont today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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