There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, 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 need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.
A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, 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, too, can be heated for use throughout your home.
A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide heat 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 winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.
Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the U.S. today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.
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