Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many appliances needed 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 use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners definitely know is they want hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to warm 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 created by burning gas or by using electricity. A standard water heater will heat the water and then hold 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 throughout your home.

A boiler, on the other hand, can heat water that is used to heat the home and provide hot water. A different type of boiler can heat the water until it turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be circulated 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 versatile 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 right 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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