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 AC system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to warm the water. Have you noticed which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, 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 can also be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. Another 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 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 versatile heating systems that supply great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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