Violet is out-of-town. She is in Thompson visiting Lynelle and Jason and grand kids Sadie and Seth. Celebrating Seth’s birthday, he turned the big 4. She left last Monday and will be returning on Wednesday. Her timing was perfect. The very day after she left, the furnace went into semi-retirement. Now that is not something you want to have happen in the midst of one of our Canadian winters. The timing was perfectly BAD or was it?
Now it is an electric furnace that is the sole heat source for the entire house. Here during our winters it is an absolute necessity as out side temperatures do tend to get a little cold. Now there is never a good time to have to replace your furnace as it is a costly things. Like everything though they do wear out with time. Electricity and heat are a couple of those things we just seem to take for granted. It is just there when we need it. We take it for granted that is until suddenly it is not there, oh then do we appreciate it and wish we had it.
I do try at least to put a positive spin on things when I can. It is not always easy but I am getting better at it. So how can I put a positive spin on this? Like this.
Firstly, We knew we would have to replace it at some time but in the middle of winter, geesh. Well it turns out if I really think about it it is not all that bad. I said it went into semi retirement. Well, there are 5 big heating elements in the furnace. Fortunately only 4 of ours went into retirement. That remaining element did its best and was actually able to keep the house at about 12-14 degrees C. Now it was able to do this largely because temperatures outside were quite mild by some of our winter standards. It was like -15-18 if it had in fact been in the -30’s or 40’s which is not unheard of for this time of the year. That sole element would just not have been able to keep up. So we were lucky that way. Yeah, fine it was uncomfortably cool for 2 days but liveable.No danger of pipes freezing or anything like that.
Now it turns out sales in the furnace business are very slow this time of year. Go figure. Was able to negotiate a bit of a deal. Lucky that way.
Hey, maybe it wasn’t that bad after all.