Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many systems needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the cooler season, most homeowners require a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, ranges, refrigerators…the list seems to never end.

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

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by employing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washing machine, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters to 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 can heat the water for the home but can also be circulated 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 adaptable heating systems that give you 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 Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hilton Head Island today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.

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