Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed 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 require a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But the thing homeowners absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about 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 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 washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can 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. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and give warmth 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 versatile heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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