Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required 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 the thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most homes 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 uses to heat your water? Neal Harris Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two 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 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 warmed for use around your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot 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 distributed 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 provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Neal Harris Service Experts in Kansas City today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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