Sometimes I’m really worried that my house is going to burn to the ground.
I try hard to be careful with everything but I have this strange premonition that I’m going to watch my life go up in flames someday. I envision myself standing on the street in the middle of the night while the fire department hustles around my property, illuminated by the brilliant light of my house on fire. I haven’t been able to get this imagery out of my head recently and I think I know why… It’s not only because I’m paranoid, it’s because of my space heater. You see, I realized several months ago that the bathroom fan in this house does not work. There’s a large ventilation fan located in the master bathroom but it does absolutely nothing. When I flip the switch to turn on the ventilation device the only thing that happens is a lot of terrible noise. My air quality never changes and I don’t believe that the indoor air is ever vented outside. Furthermore, I don’t think that the heating and cooling air duct leading to the bathroom actually provides any high-quality indoor air. It seems like the heating and cooling system isn’t attached whatsoever. This is why I wound up using a small space heater in my bathroom to circumvent the ice cold mornings without any heating. Unfortunately, I don’t feel good about using the space heater. I feel like I’m just one accidental towel-misplacement away from burning down my entire house. Until I can finally afford a heating, cooling, and air quality control appointment to fix the heating and cooling system… I take as few showers as possible.