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Energy Efficiency of Log Homes

True or False? Solid Log Homes Can Save $$$$ In Energy

Have you heard conflicting information about the energy efficiency of log homes? Unfortunately, we’re not surprised. For being a well-documented area of research, it’s shocking how many people are still working with dated misinformation. The truth is that test after test has proven: log homes will outperform conventionally built houses of the same quality and R-value rating.

Proven again and again, log homes outperform conventionally built houses in efficiency.

Here’s how:

The Energy Efficient Magic of Thermal Mass

Log homes have a secret weapon called “thermal mass,” Mother Nature’s temperature regulator. It gives logs, which are dense and solid, the fantastic ability to absorb and store heat like a sponge, creating unmatched an energy efficiency. During the day, when the sun is shining, or your wood stove is roaring, the logs soak up all that heat and store it up for when the temperatures drop at night. This means you stay warm and snug without cranking up the heater—or racking up a hefty energy bill. 

Tight and Toasty Insulation

Log cabins take the term “well-insulated home” to the next level. The logs fit together so snugly that there are hardly any gaps. This tight fit minimizes air leaks, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in without using potentially hazardous man-made materials like fiberglass or foam.

Nature’s Air Conditioner

Log walls are pretty clever. They absorb moisture from the air when it’s too humid and release it when it’s dry. This helps maintain just the right level of humidity inside your cabin. This naturally occurring process results in a comfortable harmony of humidity, so you won’t need to crank up the heat or the AC to achieve a cozy home.

Log homes are energy-efficient superheroes because of their natural thermal mass, snug fit, breathable walls, and their knack for inspiring eco-friendly living. So, next time you’re cozied up in a log cabin, remember that it’s not just the charm keeping you warm—it’s the brilliant science of logs.

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Informative Links

“Energy Efficiency in Log Homes” from energy.gov

“The Energy Performance of Log Homes” Prepared by the Construction Codes & Standards Committee,
Log & Timber Homes Council, Building Systems Councils, and National Association of Home Builders

“Why Log Homes Are Better Than Conventional Construction” by Devin Perry at the National Association of Home Builders

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