There are so many things we don’t even think about on a daily basis.  Take for example the heat in the house.  Yes, I noticed that some of the windows seemed a bit drafty and the fireplace leaks cold air like a sieve, but I never really worried about the house retaining heat.  That is, until we had a horrible cold snap a few days ago, and the temps didn’t get out of the teens during the day (nights were in the single digits).  Yes, that is cold.  Colder than one would expect for this area.  But our house could handle it, right?  Not so much.  When we woke up a couple of days ago, the temperature inside the house was 54 degrees (this is with the thermostat set at 68, and the heat going nonstop), and it never got out of the 50s during the day.  Our littlest son’s hands and feet were like ice all day long, because he has the misfortune of being rather close to the ground, and therefore spends most of his time down where the air is the coldest.  The air coming out of the vents is only lukewarm, definitely not hot enough to actually warm the house, especially with a leaky fireplace and drafty windows to contend with.

Thankfully, we have awesome landlords.  We called them on Saturday morning and they immediately contacted someone in the area to come check our furnace and heat pump.  They won’t be here until tomorrow morning, but we’re doing okay thanks to a few strategically-placed space heaters and a nice, thick layer of plastic taped over the worst of the windows.  But oh, after this series of events, I hope I never take the heat for granted again!