My family takes turns hosting our Christmas get-together.
This past year, it was my turn to host everyone for dinner.
I wanted to create a comfortable, welcoming and festive atmosphere. I decorated the outside and inside of the house with string lights, hung stockings and put up a Christmas tree. I carefully planned out the menu and bought gifts for everyone. On Christmas morning, I got up super early to clean the whole house, bake desserts and set the table with a holiday tablecloth, candles and linen napkins. I thought of every detail. I even turned up the thermostat a few degrees to make sure the house would be nice and warm when everyone arrived. Since the outside temperature was only twenty-four degrees with a wind chill and steady snowfall, the furnace was an essential part of our holiday evening. A couple hours later, I noticed that I was shivering. I checked the thermostat and realized the indoor temperature was quickly dropping. The furnace wasn’t putting out any headed air from the vents. I checked the breaker and made sure there was power. I changed the batteries in the thermostat and tried pushing the reset button. Nothing worked, and I was starting to panic. I couldn’t host my whole family in a freezing cold house with no heat. I needed a furnace repair immediately. I called four different HVAC companies before I found one that was offering emergency service over the holidays. I had to pay overtime charges, making the repairs extremely expensive. I was just happy that the technician showed up within the hour and was able to get the heater running again very quickly. By the time my family showed up, the house was nice and warm.