Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances required to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the cold months, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes 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? Becht/Givens Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a large tank that, that’s right, heats water. The heat is either generated by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it, too, can be heated for use around your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. Another type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be distributed throughout the home and provide 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 supply great comfort during the winter season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is best for you? Call Becht/Givens Service Experts in Louisville today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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