How Energy Efficient are Log Homes?

Perhaps you are considering a log house for your family home or as a vacation retreat. One of the questions that we are often asked is are log homes energy efficient?  Log homes tend to be known for having that comfortable, warm homey feeling but you want to make sure that it isn’t going to break the bank for you to heat it. So there are a couple of things that you will want to consider.

The energy efficiency of your finished log home will depend on the building materials, actual log diameter, the thickness of the framed walls, and the size and location of your structure. 

Log Home Construction Materials

The wood you choose for your log home will have a thermal resistance or R-value, and this will affect the insulating properties of the home. Artisan Custom Log Homes can help you choose the right type of wood for your log home and help you understand the differences between them.

Cedar and spruce are the most popular wood choices and have higher insulating properties. It is also crucial to air-dry the logs before construction to reduce contraction and expansion—which will affect energy-efficiency. Reducing gaps between logs and preventing air leakage is key.

Craftsmanship and Energy-Efficiency

The hand scribing and custom fitting of each log guarantees a strong and warm home that your family will enjoy. Our craftsman are experienced in traditional and hybrid log home building, so we can tailor a home where all aspects of energy-efficient building techniques are considered: windows and doors, skylights, interior walls, insulation and sealing, local climate, heating and cooling systems, building codes and ratings systems.

Protecting your log home from moisture adsorption is crucial and making sure the wood is treated and protected by an overhanging roof and correctly installed gutters and drains will provide that protection.

Comparing Log Homes to Conventional Homes

Comparisons on the energy-efficiency of log homes and conventional homes show different results, but it is usually always pointed out that log homes are air-tight and can retain heat well. Log homes can be made as—or more—energy efficient as conventional buildings!

Experienced, professional design teams can help ensure you are meeting energy standards with your new log home, and they can work with you to create the most energy-efficient home possible.

If you have any questions about our log homes and their energy-efficiency, please email us and one of our team will get back to you.