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 conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, the dishwasher, 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, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the 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 circulated throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 versatile heating systems that provide great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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