This winter we have had a pretty big problem. That problem is called Inconsistent Furnace Heat Output, otherwise known as a 'furnace that refuses to keep heating the house'. Inconsistent Furnace Heat Output, or IFHO, can be quite the problem for a homeowner, especially when living in the Frozen North, where the weather brought 3" of snow and temperatures hovering around 25 degrees today.
Have you been a victim of IFHO? If so, there are a few steps you can take:
1. Dress in thermal underwear, covered by warm sweats. Place several blankets over your shoulders. Using a chip clip will keep the blankets in place, and you can also pretend to be a superhero at the same time.
2. Move around. Physical activity will keep your heart rate up and you may break a sweat. At that point the cool air in your home will feel good again.
3. Call a friend. Preferably a friend with some heating or cooling experience, or lacking that, someone who once knew a guy with some heating experience, to look at your furnace unit. After messing with the wires for a bit and determining that, yep, it's broken, the two of you could sit and commiserate for awhile on General Household Mishaps - 'hey! remember that time I had an ice dam on my roof and the baby's room flooded! I had to replace the whole upstairs flooring!'
Tonight, however, as I bundle up myself and the kids, I will choose to be thankful. And as I say my prayers tonight, I will thank God for our house with its broken furnace because I have a home. As I dress Bitty in an extra layer of jammies, I will be grateful we have all the clothes we need to stay warm. And as I climb into bed, I will say a prayer for those in Japan and other places around the world that are lacking even those basic needs. And for myself, I will say a prayer of thankfulness.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 7-8