Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the summer 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 include washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home uses to heat your water? BW/Cook Service Experts is here to help explain the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then keep 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 is used, fresh cold water enters in 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 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 can heat the water for the home but can also be distributed 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 adaptable heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is right for you? Call BW/Cook Service Experts in Elkhart today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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