Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems you need to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know 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 heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use across 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 until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and create heat 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Cleveland today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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