I wasn't sure it was going to happen this year, with the economy being what it is, but husband got his bonus. Or he will next payday. So I think we will be buying a new furnace! Woo-hoo! We're living large now! I did join (for a small fee) Angies list. It's a non-profit (they say) list that you can look up contractors and such and see what others who have used them have had to say about them, and people also grade the companies on reliability, value for cost, timeliness, etc. I chose the top three and am going to give them a call for estimates. I wish I could say we are going on a cruise, but in reality we need to keep warm for more than a week or two.