We know you have questions about the energy efficiency of log homes. We've asked industry experts, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes to help us with the answers.
Log homes are reliably energy efficient, but that achievement goes beyond the logs. Improvements in other building materials and developments in log home construction methods to bolster the energy efficiency of logs while retaining the home’s log look have improved home comfort and lowered heating costs.
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What can I as the home owner do as far as design aspects to ensure energy savings farther down the road?
Does “smart home” technology really increase your home’s efficiency, or is it just a gimmick?
If you’re concerned about energy efficiency, the first, most important step is to build a well-insulated and sealed log home and make sure it’s properly orientated on your land to take advantage of passive solar gain. But beyond that, what can a homeowner do to increase and maintain energy efficiency once their home is built? Smart home technology actually does have the answers. Read the complete article here.
Does the way my home is positioned on my land affect its energy efficiency?
The short answer is “absolutely!” Everyone is looking for ways to save money, and properly siting your home to take advantage of passive solar gain is one of the easiest and smartest ways to accomplish that goal. Keep reading for four options.
What are some easy elements I can plan in my home to increase efficiency?
Good question – and one we get asked a lot. There are two basic ways to give a log home’s energy performance a boost: through design and through materials. Learn more here.
Should I consider a geothermal system for my home?
Geothermal (harnessing the natural warmth of subterranean soil) is one of the most intriguing renewable energy options available, but few people understand how it works or how fruitful the benefits can actually be. To help you decide if it’s right for you, let’s look at the basics. Read this complete article.
Is air sealing your home as important as insulating your home?
Sealing your home against air infiltration is as important as insulating your home. If your home is not properly sealed, you will spend more money on cooling and heating your home than is necessary. Incomplete or improper sealing will also contribute to uncomfortable drafts and give insects and dust an opportunity to enter your home. Learn more here.
Should I consider solar panels for my log home?
If your planned log home location is in a highly remote area where bringing electricity in could be expensive or if you just want to be energy independent, solar panels may be the solution. Keep reading to learn more.
Should I consider radiant heat for my log home?
Radiant in-floor heating can be a fantastic option for a log home for several reasons. Check them out here.