Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they want 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 uses to heat your water? Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either created 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 hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water flows to where it is needed, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give warm comfort through radiators. A boiler can also heat the air in a forced air heating system, or heat the floor in a radiant heating system. Boilers are very adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Mobile today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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