This is by far the biggest question asked so it has its own section to explain the truth. The department of energy
tells it best. They give you the "R" rating at 1.41 which we have found to be a bit low but using their number we'll explain.
They say "ignoring thermal mass" logs are inferior but then say in the next paragraph "logs are more Energy efficient". This is all true. We build with real whole trees not the 6 inch so called logs which they reference. The article link posted here explains that the department of energy is referencing kit homes not real log homes.
Our logs average around 14 inches in diameter which is more than double what a kit home offers. At 14 inches that gives you an R value of 19.74. No standard home can offer that level of insulation. Beyond that if you add in thermal mass which is storing heat from your heating system your home will out perform any home on the market today.
Cooling your home works the same way. In the hottest months of the year your home will stay cool and comfortable while saving you money on energy bills. You can read this for yourself from the government website listed above as long as you actually read what they have published. Statements like
("ignoring thermal mass" then saying "Because of the log's storage capability, its large mass may result in better overall energy efficiency" AND "Logs act like "thermal batteries" and can, under the right circumstances, store heat during the day and gradually release it at night. This generally increases the apparent R-value")
give you all the info you need. The problem is that they hide the truth among lies.
Call us at 717-500-1869 to learn the truth
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