Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems 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 to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washing machine, 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, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, 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 distributed throughout the home and give 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 cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Livermore today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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