Before designing or purchasing your dream log cabin, consider the following factors related to energy efficiency.
The R-Value of Wood
When discussing insulation and R-value, the “R” stands for resistance. It represents how well the product resists heat flow based on the thickness of the material. The R-value for woods ranges between 1.41 per inch and 0.71 per inch. Logs can store heat during the day and gradually release it at night, which tends to increase the R-value of the logs.
Minimize Air Leakage
Log homes are susceptible to air developing air leaks due to the contraction and expansion that naturally occurs over the years. To combat this problem, logs need to be seasoned before construction begins. We recommend using certain woods, including spruce, pine, cedar, larch, or fir. If you’ve been in your log home for awhile, inspect how your sealants are holding up. If you find air leaks, seal them as soon as possible. Preventing air leaks will save you money on your monthly utility bills.
Seal Air Ducts
Nearly a fifth of leaked air escapes through ducts. To test to see if your HVAC system is working properly, turn on the heat and see if you can feel forced air from the air register that’s fartherst from the HVAC unit. If there’s no air, you most likely have a leak in the ductwork.
Energy Efficient Renovations
One of the major trends developing in today’s construction world is to focus around energy efficiency. At Blue Heron Design-Build, we use sustainable construction materials to offer a more eco friendly construction environment. Please feel free to ask us for more information about the different eco friendly building materials and renovations that we can use to create a more durable, and sustainable building for your project.