Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warmer months you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners need 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 want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Barlow Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either generated 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 dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use across your home.

A boiler, contrastingly, 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 create heat through radiators. A boiler is also able to heat 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. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Barlow Service Experts in the Wasatch Front region today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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