Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, 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 absolutely know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know 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 heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created 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 washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters through 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 warm the home and give you hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and create warmth 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the winter season. Newer 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 Houston today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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