Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

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

But the thing homeowners definitely know is they need hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some homes a boiler is used to heat up the water. Do you know which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Norrell Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, yes, heats water. The heat is either created by burning gas or by utilizing electricity. A typical 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 flows to where it is needed, 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. Another type of boiler can heat the water until it actually turns into steam. The steam heats the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and give heat through radiators. A boiler is also capable of heating 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 cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is right for you? Call Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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