No, it’s not really that cold. Not around here, not yet. But it felt like it for a while early this morning.
Dymphna and I became chilled late last night, and even more so when we got up this morning. We both thought we were coming down with some unpleasant disease. However — to make a long story short — it turned out that we had experienced a failure of the motor for the fan in the air handler for the heat pump. It got good and cold here last night (and it’s going to be even colder tonight), so it was down in the mid-50s (ca. 12ºC) in the house this morning.
An emergency visit from our trusty HVAC man did not result in the expected repair — he has to order a replacement part that he HOPES will take care of the problem, but he can’t do that until Monday. So we are going to be cold for at least a few more days.
We used to have a portable electric heater, but we gave it away years ago to a family member — the reasoning being that we would never be without heat unless we had lost our electricity, so why bother keeping an electric heater on hand? Hah!
So we turned on the oven and left the door open to warm the house up. That’s a propane stove, and you have to be very careful when you do something like that. The heat downstairs rises upstairs to the Eyrie, along with whatever gaseous effluvia are emitted by the oven as result of propane combustion. I was up here working for about forty-five minutes before I realized I was getting a peculiar sort of headache, up the back of my neck and into the back of my head. I knew what that meant, so I went downstairs and turned off the oven.
There was no help for it — we went out and did what we knew all along we would have to do: buy a couple of compact electric heaters, one for the bedroom and one for the kitchen. We took a trip to the (relatively) big city and went to Wal-Mart, where Dymphna picked out the heaters she wanted (she had researched them online beforehand).
So now we’re all set: it will be at least tepid in here until the air handler is repaired. Which will undoubtedly be very expensive — things like that always are. Sigh.
Anyway, that’s why posting has been light. And it may continue to be light from time to time, depending on the flow of HVAC-related events.
There’s no midnight sun in these latitudes. Nor hot springs — which is too bad; we could use some of that steam right now.