Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices you need to run your home. During the warm season you may need an air conditioning system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then there are washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems to go on forever.

But a thing homeowners certainly know is they require hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some cases a boiler is used to heat the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Gordon's 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 utilizing electricity. A typical water heater will heat the water and then hold it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a warm shower, the washing machine, 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, too, can be heated for use across your home.

A boiler, alternatively, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A different type of boiler can heat the water to the point it turns into steam. The steam will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warmth 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.

Need help deciding which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Oklahoma City today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate.

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