Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices required to run your home. During the summer you may need an air conditioner or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Coastal Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created 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 hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and create 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 flexible 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 best for you? Call Coastal Service Experts in Savannah today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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