Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up 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 water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced 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 hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another 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 dispersed 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 winter season. Newer 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 Provo today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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