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 air conditioner or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home is using 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 large tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed 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 different 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 dispersed throughout the home and create warm comfort through radiators. A boiler can also heat the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the winter season. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Niagara Falls today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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