I had had enough of that heater.
I had already spent so much on heating repairs and improvements, but it kept demanding more if it was not a new furnace filter.
It was the other. The regular heater maintenance was proving to be no good. Whenever I complained about it, my son reminded me that the boiler was older than all our ages put together as he liked to put it. I was well aware that the unit had exceeded its expected lifespan, but what was I to do? I only had enough to get us by since my partner fell ill and could no longer work. At the rate at which things were escalating, we would have to cancel the annual HVAC service plan and pray for a miracle. At work, a colleague who was also a friend was searching for heat and AC products when I passed by her desk. In my mind, all I could think of was that anything to do with the heating industry was not a matter of life and death. On Saturday afternoon, when I was getting ready to do laundry, my sister-in-law came to my house and handed me an envelope. It was a voucher for the local heating dealership. She told me that her siblings and mine, and a few friends had chipped in so that we could have a new furnace/heater installation. This brought instant tears to my eyes. The gift was incredibly thought out. In two days, the HVAC tech had been to our house so that he could assess the type and size of the unit we needed. We had opted for an electric heating system that would incorporate heated floors. The cherry on top was that we would also be getting a wireless.