Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the summer you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But one thing homeowners certainly know is they want hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home is using to heat your water? Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm bath, 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 heated for use throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to warm the home and give you hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be circulated throughout the home and provide warm comfort through radiators. A boiler can also 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 give you great comfort during the winter season. Updated boilers are also very energy efficient.

Can’t decide which water heating system is best for you? Call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Pierre today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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