Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to 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 warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide 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 flexible heating systems that supply great comfort during the winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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