Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need 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 include washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two heating systems.

A water heater is a big tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A traditional 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 flows to where it is needed, 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 until it turns into steam. The steam can heat 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 adaptable heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhart today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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