Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

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

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by employing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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