Boilers Versus Water Heaters

February 05, 2017

There are many devices needed to run your home. During the warm season you may need an AC system or a heat pump. During the winter, most homeowners use a furnace or air handler. Then you have washer and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators…the list seems endless.

But a thing homeowners absolutely know is they want hot water. Most people have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat up the water. Are you sure which heating system your home uses to heat your water? Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion about the difference between the two water systems.

A water heater is a storage tank that, you guessed it, heats water. The heat is either produced by burning gas or by employing electricity. A traditional water heater will heat the water and then keep it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the washer loaded with towels, or any other hot water need. As the hot water is used, fresh cold water enters through the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed 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 particular type of boiler can heat the water to the point it 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 flexible heating systems that give you great comfort during the cold winter months. Today’s boilers are also very energy efficient.

Trying to choose which water heating system is ideal for your home? Call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Tulsa today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate.

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