Boilers Versus Water Heaters Published on February 05, 2017 There are many systems required 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 you include washer and dryers, stoves, refrigerators…the list seems endless. But one thing homeowners absolutely know is they need hot water. Most families have a water heater – or in some instances a boiler is used to heat the water. Are you sure which heating system your home utilizes to heat your water? Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clarify the difference between the two water 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 standard water heater will heat the water and then store it at that temperature until the water is used, either for a hot shower, the dishwasher, or any other hot water need. As the hot water leaves the tank, fresh cold water enters in the bottom of the tank so it can also be warmed for use around your home. A boiler, contrastingly, can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. A particular 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 create warm comfort 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 flexible heating systems that provide great comfort during the cold season. Newer boilers are also very energy efficient. Need help deciding which water heating system is right for you? Call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate.