I happened to notice a large vent that appeared to be pouring out humidity into the room. I asked Steve, my favorite harp salesman who took care of my regulation details, if that was the case. He explained about the need for humidity for harps so that the wood does not get too dry, and reminded me to be sure our humidifier was on now that it was winter. I went home and asked Paul to have a look and turn it up.
This is where the trouble began, and what followed was almost a comedy of errors, with Paul realizing that the valve to the humidifier water was apparently clogged (he replaced it), me scheduling furnace maintenance on a Friday in January (never do that!), the repair company basically killing our furnace but refusing to do right after that, and us needing to replace the furnace and having to go the whole weekend without heat!
We were blessed with the following:
- A warm January for Chicago (meaning - temperatures about 25-30 degrees, as opposed to the below-zero January weather we often get).
- Two propane heaters that Paul and Robert used on Boy Scout camping trips. These heaters travelled about the house with us. In the sitting room and dining room during the day, upstairs at night.
- Our bathroom heater-fan (at least we were warm when we showered!).
- New electric blankets.
- A warm stove.
- The fireplace in our parlor. And Snugglewood.
- A temperature inside the house that stayed above 40 degrees even though it was much colder outside.
- Robert's friends, who let him sleepover all weekend, so we could shut off his room and not have to worry about heat in there.
- A heating pad, used to warm cold feet while watching TV, afghans for the rest of the body.
- Hot tea.
- An excellent experience with the Home Depot in Glenview - we went there on a Saturday afternoon and spoke with a really nice staff member, got a man to come give us an estimate at 5:00 that evening, got the new furnace installed Monday morning.