Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing 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 shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another 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 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 adaptable heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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