Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But one thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases 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 clarify the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular 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 give warmth through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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