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 cooler season, 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 absolutely know is they require hot water. Most homes have a water heater – or in some cases 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 heating systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either generated 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 is used, fresh cold water enters to the bottom of the tank so it can also be heated for use around 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 will heat the water for the home but can also be dispersed throughout the home and provide warmth 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 provide great comfort during the cold winter months. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient.

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

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