I hadn’t realized how cold it had gotten outside! After a long afternoon of skiing at my favorite resort, I drove back to the AirBnB I was renting to get some much-needed shut-eye before my next ski session tomorrow.
As I exited the car and walked toward the front steps, I felt the icy wind on my exposed face.
I was glad I went home when I did! Now to soak up some delicious heated air in the apartment I had rented. Perhaps I’d even consider taking a hot bath to ease my sore muscles! When I opened the door, I was surprised that it wasn’t warmer inside. In fact, it was almost as cold as the air outside. I reached down to place a hand against the baseboard heaters, and didn’t feel any warmth. Perplexed, I found a thermostat on the wall, and cranked it up. I waited a few minutes, and nothing seemed to change. I searched for signs of a furnace, but didn’t see any vents in the floors or the ceiling. I did the next-best thing and looked around for a space heater. It couldn’t substitute a fully-functioning furnace, baseboard heaters, or a heated floor system, but beggars can’t be choosers, and my options were slim. I found one hiding in a linen closet, and plugged it in at as central a point in the apartment as I could find. I couldn’t believe the HVAC system wasn’t working! I double-checked the rental listing, and saw my screw-up: the apartment listed that it had a central air conditioning system, but next to a little flame icon, the listing clearly said, “No heat.” No wonder I had gotten such a good deal! Next time, I resolved to read the fine print.