Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners need a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 through the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use throughout 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 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 heat through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating 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. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is best for you? Call Pardee Service Experts in Charleston today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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