Eden Juron Pearlman is the Executive Director of the Evanston History Center. In her spare time she traverses small mountains of snow on her walk to work, shovels snow and drives her kids to school because it is too cold to walk.
Isn’t this just the craziest winter? I have lived in the Chicago area all my life and I don’t ever remember a winter quite like this one. Between the extreme cold, never ending snow, parking restrictions and school closures, I have been spending a lot of time thinking – okay let’s be honest, obsessing about the weather.
This year I am also obsessing about the interior temperature of the Dawes House. But this is a joyful/aren’t I lucky kind of obsessing. In November our new heating (and cooling) system went live. Over the summer we removed the 50+ year old boiler that had been the only source of heat for all that time. The boiler was a real work horse, but it was inefficient and had a hard tim keeping up with the needs of this house. And truthfully I have my doubts whether it could have survived this winter!
No more worries, though because now we have a redundant heating system, which operates a high efficiency boiler (the redundant part) and a state of the art geo-thermal system. This is a ground source system which, currently, heats the house and in the summer cools the house! In the nearly 120 years this house has been standing, it has never been cooled by anything other than breezes.
We are so excited about both our new heating and cooling, which will not only make the house more comfortable for visitors in all seasons, but it is also much better for the collections and the house itself.
So, visit the Dawes House early and often to enjoy our climate control in all seasons.