Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they require 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 utilizes 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 using 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 washing machine, 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 throughout 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 until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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