First, the good news.
We've deployed heaters in occupied rooms of the house, and my wife's called the repair tech.
Now, the not-so-good news.
Our furnace is on the fritz. Again.
It stopped working the night of December 29, during below-zero weather. That's hardly unusual: the weather, not our furnace failing.
The repair tech came, spotted the problem, made some calls: and arranged for the special fan motor to be driven up to our place. By the evening of December 30, we had central heat again.
The furnace is something like 20 years old. At the time, we thought having a high-efficiency furnace was a good idea. Just one problem: the thing uses a special fan motor — that's not at all easy to find these days. We're definitely going to keep that in mind when we replace the furnace: whenever that will be.
The repair tech was here yesterday, and fixed some sort of blockage issue in the furnace. Obviously, there's something else going on, too, since it got down to about 57 degrees at my desk last night: with a space heater less than 20 feet away.
Finally, more good news.
We're getting another opportunity to practice patience, while the latest furnace problem gets solved. I am, anyway.