Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm 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 explain the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard 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 heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular 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 circulated throughout the home and give warm comfort through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated 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 Miami today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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