Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm 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 water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, 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 actually turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create heat 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.

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

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