The other day, the temperature outside was really cold.
The weather had been cooling off for a few weeks, but on this particular day, we decided that we needed to go ahead and turn up the thermostat so that the heating system would turn on. I really didn’t want to turn our furnace on yet, because in the part of the country where we live, it feels like our winters last forever. I wasn’t really ready to start paying all of the heating bills that I knew were coming my way over the winter. Well, I finally gave up and we turned up the thermostat because my daughter kept complaining about the house being so cold inside. I turned up the thermostat and then I left for work. When I left, the heating had just kicked on and it felt like there was warm air coming through the heating vents on the floor and ceiling. I went ahead and went to work and a few hours later, I got a phone call from my daughter. At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying because she sounded pretty upset. Finally, she told me that the heating vents were blowing black smoke through the air registers and that the whole house smelled weird. That scared me because we hadn’t had our furnace system checked out by an HVAC professional before we turned it on for the year. I told my daughter to turn the thermostat completely off and open up all the windows. Then I called our local HVAC company and asked them to send someone out to check out our furnace immediately.