Prepare Your Home’s Energy-Efficiency Through Insulation Choices
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), insulation is the number-one recommended choice for energy efficiency savings that you can bank on. The DOE says that insulation is a fast and easy way to save homeowners up to 30% on energy costs. An energy-efficient house has much higher insulation R-values than required by most local building codes. An R-value is the ability of a material to resist heat transfer; the lower the value, the faster the heat loss.
During the planning process, you will choose your insulation to plan for an energy-efficient home. It’s not costly to install extra insulation when you build, but it can be an expensive ordeal to add later on.
Since more heat escapes from the roof than from the walls of your home, the roof is the best place to add extra insulation. Several Lindal roofing system packages are available to keep your home cozy and energy-efficient in any climate. In cold climates, consider adding extra insulation to walls and floors.
Log House Insulation Factors
Did you know that the cellular structure of cedar creates interior air spaces that give it a high insulation value? With proper construction and attention to details, a log house can be very energy-efficient.
The size of logs, type of joining and methods of sealing joints, along with siting on your building lot and maintenance all affect energy-efficiency of a Lindal log house. Our double tongue and groove cedar timbers and kiln-drying assures the highest possible seal. Air tightness is also important; proper sealing of corners and roof intersections is critical in a log house. A high quality roof package is important for energy-efficiency and comfort. In addition, a well-built Lindal log house also has energy conservation benefits of thermal mass. Any type of heating system will work well in a log house.
Your Lindal dealer can help you determine your insulation needs based on the design of your roof, the temperatures, wind and snow loads of your location.