Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about 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 employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different 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 provide warm comfort 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 give you great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Lauderdale today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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