Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances 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 large tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by using electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, 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 throughout your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A different type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 provide great comfort during the cold season. Today’s 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 Calgary today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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