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Furnaces vs. Boilers: What’s the Difference?

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During frigid Chicago winters, homeowners in Orland Park, Mokena, and surrounding suburbs need the right heating system to keep warm. With many options available, it’s essential to understand the differences between two popular choices – furnaces and boilers.

Comfort Zone Service, a trusted name in HVAC since 1988, is here to guide you through the intricacies of each system, ensuring you make an informed choice for your home.

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Furnaces

Furnaces are the go-to heater for most homes in Chicagoland — and for a good reason. They blow heated air through ducts, delivering warm air to rooms throughout your house via air registers or grills. This process is ideal for homes in the Chicago area with preexisting ductwork.

Pros & Cons of Furnace Installation

There are several advantages to owning a furnace and a few drawbacks. The pros and cons to consider with a furnace include:

Pros:

  • Quicker heat: Furnaces heat and distribute air quickly, providing rapid warmth.
  • Energy efficiency: Modern furnaces boast high energy efficiency, especially gas furnaces.
  • Cost-effective installation: If your home already has ductwork, installing a furnace can be more affordable.

Cons:

  • Ductwork maintenance: Requires regular cleaning and maintenance of air ducts.
  • Space requirements: Furnaces need a dedicated space, usually in a basement or closet.

Ready to schedule a furnace upgrade? Call Comfort Zone Service at (708) 403-3434 – your local experts in efficient heating solutions.

Boilers

Boilers, unlike furnaces, heat water and provide either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators, while hot water works in baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems.

Boilers are particularly well-suited for homes without ductwork and can offer a more consistent heat without the drafts associated with forced air systems.

Pros & Cons of Boiler Installation

There are several benefits and a few drawbacks when considering a boiler for your home, including:

Pros:

  • Even heating: Boilers provide consistent, radiant heat, reducing cold spots.
  • Quiet operation: Boilers operate quietly compared to furnaces.
  • Ideal for allergy sufferers: No blowing air means fewer airborne particles and better quality indoor air.

Cons:

  • Slower heat up: Boilers take longer to heat up and distribute warmth.
  • Higher initial costs: Installation can be more expensive, especially if radiators or radiant heating systems still need to be implemented.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance is required to prevent leaks and maintain efficiency.

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Heating Installation With Comfort Zone Service

When it comes to heating installation in the Chicago suburbs, Comfort Zone Service stands out with our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Our NATE-certified technicians, who are background-checked and drug-tested, ensure a smooth and reliable installation process.

Here’s why your friends and neighbors choose us:

  • Family-owned: Since 1988, our family has provided heating system services to Chicagoland homes.
  • One-trip guarantee: We value your time, ensuring efficient service visits.
  • Flexible financing: We offer financing options to make heating upgrades accessible.
  • Same-day service: We deliver prompt responses to your heating needs.

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Ready to stay warm this winter? Call Comfort Zone Service at (708) 403-3434 — your trusted heating specialists in Orland Park, Mokena, and beyond.

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