Instead, it was quiet! I finally called this family friend and asked him about his heating system
Ever seen the movie “The Shining”? If you haven’t, a quick recap would be that a guy goes stir-crazy while caretaking at a mansion in the winter. It’s a fairly unrealistic scenario, since no one would trust a single family of three people to keep a massive hotel in check, right? Well, I found myself in a familiar circumstance this past winter. Essentially, I was put in charge of watching a lavish seven-bedroom mansion that a family friend owned. He wanted someone to house-sit for him while his family left town, so I had to sit around and make sure his massive house was undisturbed. Just like the movie though, strange things started happening! At one point, the heating system for his house started acting out of character. There would be rooms where it felt hot, as if the furnace was sitting right there in the middle of the room! Other rooms had a fireplace in them, but the fireplace remained barren of any open flames while I was there. The spookiest thing was when I came into one of the common rooms on the second floor. The floor under me was very warm, as if there was a fire on the floor just below this room! The sensation really gave me a fright, as I ran downstairs and expected to see a raging inferno. Instead, it was quiet! I finally called this family friend and asked him about his heating system. During our talk, he explained that there’s radiant heated floors installed in certain rooms of the house. “The radiant floors are running on a schedule”, he explained, “so you shouldn’t have to worry about adjusting them on the thermostat.” That was a relief!