South Suburbs


South Suburbs

Boiler & Furnace Heating

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Chatham Comfort Controls - Your Boiler & Furnace Heating Experts

At Chatham Comfort Controls, we understand that maintaining a comfortable climate in your home or commercial property is a top priority. With over a decade of experience under our belt, we’ve become Chicago’s trusted partner for all heating services, including expert care for both residential and commercial furnaces and boilers. Choosing the right heating system can be a complex decision. Furnaces and boilers function effectively to heat your space, but they do so in distinct ways that cater to different needs and preferences.

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    Chatham Comfort Controls Service Area

    Chatham services the following areas in Chicagoland & South Suburbs

    • Ashburn, Chicago, IL 60652
    • Aurburn Gresham, Chicago, IL 60620
    • Avalon Park, Chicago, IL 60619
    • Beverly, Chicago, IL 60643
    • Chatham, Chicago, IL 60619
    • East Side, Chicago, IL 60617
    • Greater Grand Crossing, Chicago, IL 60619, 60620
    • Hyde Park, Chicago, IL 60615
    • Kenwood, Chicago, IL 60653
    • Roseland, Chicago, IL 60628, 60643
    • South Deering, Chicago, IL 60617
    • South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
    • Washington Heights, Chicago, IL 60628
    • West Englewood, Chicago, IL 60636
    • Woodlawn, Chicago, IL 60619, 60637

    Understanding Heating: Furnaces vs. Boilers

    The Power of Furnaces

    Furnaces are a popular choice among homeowners for good reason. They distribute warm air through a network of ducts, providing quick and consistent heat throughout your property. Their affordability and wide-ranging model options make them a flexible heating solution.

    While furnaces offer a convenient and popular heating solution, like any option, they have advantages and disadvantages. Understanding these can help you make a more informed decision regarding your heating needs.

    Pros of Furnaces

    • Quick Heating: Furnaces can warm up a space relatively quickly compared to other heating systems.
    • Cost-Effectiveness: Generally, furnaces are less expensive to install than boilers.
    • Variety of Fuel Types: They can operate on natural gas, electricity, oil, or propane, offering flexibility depending on local utility options and prices.
    • Low Installation Time: Installation is often straightforward, meaning you can have your heating system up and running swiftly.

    Cons of Furnaces

    • Requires Ductwork: If your property does not already have ductwork, installing a furnace can become considerably more expensive and intrusive.
    • Air Quality Concerns: Furnaces can circulate dust and allergens throughout your home, affecting indoor air quality.
    • Noise: Some models, especially older ones, can be noisy during operation, which may be disruptive.
    • Inconsistent Heating: Because warm air rises, rooms at different levels or farther from the furnace might experience uneven heating.

    The Elegance of Boilers

    Boilers, on the other hand, are all about refined comfort. They circulate heated water through pipes to radiators or underfloor heating systems, offering an unmatched level of even warmth that gently radiates into rooms—an ideal choice for those who prefer a less forced-air approach.

    Just as furnaces have unique advantages and drawbacks, boilers present their own pros and cons for consideration. Here’s a clearer look into what boilers can offer and the potential challenges they may pose:

    Pros of Boilers

    • Even Heating: Boilers provide consistent warmth with no cold spots, making for a comfortable living environment.
    • Quiet Operation: Unlike furnaces, boilers operate quietly, enhancing the comfort of your home.
    • Improved Air Quality: Since boilers do not rely on forced air, they do not circulate dust and allergens, leading to cleaner indoor air.
    • Versatility: Boilers can heat your home and provide hot water, killing two birds with one stone.

    Cons of Boilers

    • Higher Initial Cost: The upfront cost of purchasing and installing a boiler is typically higher than that of a furnace.
    • Slower Heat Increase: Boilers take longer to heat up and increase the temperature in your home compared to furnaces.
    • Maintenance: Boilers require regular maintenance to prevent leaks and other issues.
    • Space Requirements: Some boiler systems might require more space for installation, especially if a water tank is needed.

    Time for Repairs? Recognizing the Signs

    Knowing when to call in the professionals can save you from a chilly predicament. If your system is making strange noises, failing to heat your space evenly, or seeing a spike in energy bills, it’s likely time to consider repairs.

    Furnace Repairs: Sustain Your Warmth

    A faltering furnace may struggle with airflow, pilot lights, or electronic ignition systems. Filters, fans, and thermostat glitches can also impact furnace performance. Quick, expert furnace repair work minimizes downtime and restores your comfort level swiftly.

    To ensure your home remains a cozy sanctuary, we’ve compiled a list of indicators that suggest your furnace might be signaling for help. Identifying these symptoms early can save you from discomfort and prevent costly repairs down the line. Here are the key warning signs to look out for:

    • Increased Heating Bills: A significant rise in your heating bills can indicate that your furnace is not operating efficiently.
    • Unusual Sounds: Rattling, buzzing, or whining noises from your furnace can signal mechanical problems.
    • Difficulty Starting the Furnace: If your furnace struggles to start or doesn’t stay on, it may have ignition or pilot light issues.
    • Poor Air Quality: An increase in dust, soot, or even signs of rust around the vents and furnace can affect your home’s air quality, indicating a problem.
    • Frequent Cycling: If the furnace cycles on and off more frequently than usual, this could indicate a faulty thermostat or a problem with the air circulation.
    • Cold Spots: Uneven heating or discovering cold spots in your home suggests that your furnace isn’t distributing air properly.
    • Age of the Furnace: Furnaces have a lifespan of approximately 15-20 years. If yours is approaching or has surpassed this range, it might be time for repairs or even replacement.
    • Yellow Flame: The flame in your furnace should be blue. A yellow or flickering flame indicates incomplete combustion, which can release harmful carbon monoxide into your home.


    Boiler Repairs: Keep the Heat Flowing

    Boiler issues can often come down to problems with water circulation. Leaks, pressure issues, or mineral deposits can hamper performance. Regular maintenance and timely boiler repairs ensure that your boiler continues to operate efficiently and reliably.

    Being vigilant and observant can prevent minor issues from escalating into full-blown system failures. Here are some warning signs to watch for in your boiler that indicate it might be time to reach out to the experts at Chatham Comfort Controls:

    • Unusual Noises: Knocking, whistling, or banging sounds might indicate circulation issues or sediment buildup.
    • Water Leaks: Any visible water around your boiler suggests a leak that needs immediate attention.
    • Decreased Heating Efficiency: If your rooms aren’t heating up as quickly or evenly as they used to, your boiler might be struggling.
    • Higher Energy Bills: An unexpected increase in your energy bills could point to an inefficient boiler needing repairs.
    • Frequent Cycling: If your boiler turns on and off more frequently, it could indicate thermostat problems or incorrect water pressure.
    • Aging System: Boilers typically last 15-20 years. If yours is getting old, it may require more frequent repairs.

    When Replacement Is The Best Option

    Sometimes, a repair isn’t sufficient or cost-effective. If your heating system is over 15 years old, suffers frequent breakdowns, or doesn’t heat your space as well as it used to, consider a replacement.

    Navigating the decision to repair or replace your boiler or furnace can be daunting. While repairs may extend the life of your system, there comes a point when replacement is more economical and efficient. Understanding the warning signs that signal the end of your heating system’s life cycle is paramount to ensuring your home’s comfort and safety. Keep an eye out for these critical indicators that it might be time to say goodbye to your old system and welcome a new, more efficient model:

    • Consistent Need for Repairs: If you find yourself frequently calling a technician, these repair costs can add up, making replacement a more financially sound decision.
    • Inefficiency in Heating: If your energy bills are steadily increasing despite similar usage, your system’s efficiency may have diminished, indicating a need for replacement.
    • Difficulty Finding Replacement Parts: Older systems often have discontinued parts, making repairs challenging and expensive.
    • Visible Signs of Wear and Tear: Rust, corrosion, or other visible damage can indicate that your system is aging and may not operate safely or efficiently.
    • Comfort Issues: Experiencing uneven heating or struggling to maintain a comfortable temperature could mean your system is no longer capable of effectively heating your space.
    • Exceeding the 15-20 Year Lifespan: If your boiler or furnace has reached or surpassed its expected lifespan, it’s likely time to consider a more modern and efficient replacement.
    • Safety Concerns: Any signs that your heating system may be compromising your safety, such as carbon monoxide leaks, should prompt immediate consideration for replacement.

    Recognizing these signs early can help you make a timely decision, ensuring the warmth and safety of your home for years to come.

    Boiler Replacement: Advancing Your Efficiency

    Modern boilers offer improved energy efficiency and are designed to meet the latest environmental standards. Replacing your outdated boiler could significantly reduce your heating costs and carbon footprint.


    Furnace Replacement: Upgrading Your Warmth

    Contemporary furnaces provide better energy management and more customizable heating options. Upgrading to a new furnace model can result in lower energy usage, reduced maintenance, and a more consistent and comfortable indoor environment.

    Trust in Chatham Comfort Controls

    Why trust us? Our expert team is committed to delivering exceptional service with honesty and integrity. We’re well-versed in all models and makes of boilers and furnaces and can guide you toward the best heating solution for your unique space.

    24/7 Emergency Service – We’re Here When You Need Us

    Breakdowns don’t wait for business hours—and neither do we. Chatham Comfort Controls offers round-the-clock emergency service to ensure you’re never left in the cold. Our responsive team is always ready to provide swift, competent, and thorough assistance in any emergency.

    Get In Touch and Stay Warm

    Don’t delay your comfort. Whether it’s installations, repairs, servicing, or replacements you need, Chatham Comfort Controls is your go-to source for all heating services. Contact us today to ensure your property is ready to tackle the Chicago winters with confidence and ease.

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