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If you have a multi-stage system, your furnace will adjust its power based on need and ensure a consistent temperature. Single-stage systems will turn on and off more often. However, if it turns on and off frequently, you might have a problem. The thermostat might need to be recalibrated, or unseen air loss somewhere in the house is putting heat to waste. Ask a professional for advice if your system turns on and off too often.

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The first time you start your furnace each season, it’s not uncommon to smell a dusty or musty odor as the system revs up. But if the smell continues, ask a professional to take a look. A burning odor means you should shut it off and call for help immediately. And if you smell gas, leave the home immediately and contact your fire department and gas company.

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In the U.S., air-source heat pumps are especially well-suited to the Southeast and the West, where winters tend to be mild. Claire McKenna, a senior associate at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute, says technology improvements now allow heat pumps to operate effectively even in cold climates.

Having trouble getting heat to a room? Sometimes a room is located too far away from the furnace ducts that supply heat to the rooms in a house. If that's the case, consider adding an electric heater installed on a wall in the room to make the space comfortable and warm.

Inside, wood warms the loft-like space. While most of the walls are covered with pine tongue and groove paneling, the owners wanted to create a gallery to show off artwork in this part of the house, so they added some white walls. The mobile was made by an artist friend; the homeowners love to collect and display art and have several of her pieces.

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