My husband and I rarely get to take a ton of time for ourselves these days. We’re setting up a new home, he’s starting a bunch of new lecturing jobs, and we still have the kids to worry about. That’s why it was so special when we tried to set aside a night for a romantic evening for just the two of us, little did we know it was going to be sabotaged by our old HVAC system. We had it all planned out; the kids were going to stay with a friend, the dog was taken care of and resting in his room, and we had the house spick and span to cook a gourmet meal. Then out of nowhere it started feeling really chilly all around the house. I checked the temperature control settings, but they were exactly as we had programmed them. Somehow the actual temperature was well below the set point, and it continued to decline as we cooked. For a while the heat of the kitchen masked the falling indoor air temperature, but when we sat down to eat it was freezing cold. We interrupted dinner to go tinker with the heater, but the furnace simply wasn’t turning on. By the time we returned to the table our meal was cold and so were we. We set up a bunch of space heaters and wrapped ourselves in blankets, which really decreased the romantic mood. Eventually our night ended by making an emergency call to the HVAC company; not really the big finale that we expected.