It was funny when I heard my dad say that the old thermostat had Alzheimer’s.
I wondered what was wrong with the furnace when I visited a couple of days earlier.
It upset me to think about them being in a house where the furnace wasn’t working. I knew that it was going to be below freezing that night, and I still left my mom and dad in a house without heat. My dad told me that everything was going to be fine. He was smiling and so was mom. I left, wondering if I shouldn’t call the HVAC company and have them come out and look at the furnace. When I got home, I said something to my wife. I told her how chilly it was in the house, and I asked if she thought I should call the HVAC company. She reminded me that my mom and dad were very independent and very competent. They could take care of themselves. She also said that if there was something seriously wrong with the furnace, that my dad could fix it. I think my wife had more faith in my parents than I had. I called dad the next day and asked if they were all right. He told me he and mom were fine and they would have the heating problem repaired by early afternoon. That’s when he said it was the thermostat and it had Alzheimer’s. He said he retired the old thermostat, and he was waiting for the HVAC specialist to arrive. He was going to have a Smart Thermostat installed.