Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes 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 big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then store 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 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, alternatively, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot 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 dispersed throughout the home and provide 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 versatile heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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