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 conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

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

A water heater is a big 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 keep 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular 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 dispersed throughout the home and give 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 versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ocala today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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