With rustic wood decor and a sense of being in the outside world, it’s easy to feel like log cabins are very sustainable. However, it’s all about making the right choices that will help you to preserve energy.
You can do this by using a self-heating system in your cabin. Here’s everything that you need to know about self-heating log cabins!
What is thermal inertia?
Thermal intertia is the concept of an object being warm and staying warm. Once objects are warm, they actually stay warm. The greenhouse effect of the earth is a great example of this!
So, once a log cabin is heated, it stays warm. The idea is that solar energy enters the home, traps heat in the home and keeps it there.
The solar energy is then distributed in such a way that the building itself is heated, rather than water in radiators or air. This helps the building stay warm!
Why do log cabins work with this?
Log cabins are great for thermal inertia because the wooden logs almost act like batteries, retaining energy during the day and gradually releasing it over the night.
To make your log cabin as efficient as possible, you should treat your logs so they don’t have any cracks. This makes sure that you avoid air leakage, so you can keep the heat in the building.
Also, make sure that you use the right wood. Pine, spruce, cedar and birch are really good for log cabins. Also, take steps to avoid moisture by using insecticide-treated logs that are waterproof.
Once you have chosen your logs and treated them properly, you’re ready to build your log cabin. Make sure that you are aware of the concept of thermal inertia as you go, and soon you’ll have a self-heating cabin that’s sustainable and energy-efficient!
Another great way to keep your cabin or home more energy-efficient is to install Steel Log Siding from TruLog. Visit our product page to find out more about the features of long lasting, energy efficient steel log siding.