Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed to run your home. During the warmer months 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 include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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, that’s right, 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 can also be warmed for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular 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 circulated throughout the home and give warm comfort 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 give you great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Kansas City today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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