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 air conditioning system 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 one thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Have you noticed 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 heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by using 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 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, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and give warmth 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 flexible 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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