Stopping log home heat loss
Built the dream log home and now face the heating nightmare in Climate Zone 7. A masonry heater reduces the heating load of my in-floor heating system by half but without it my heating bills avg $500/mo. Here is my wild idea to reduce heat loss:
1/2″ or 1″ rigid foam against interior of perimeter log walls
Log siding nailed against rigid foam
I am thinking the rigid foam provides a thermal break and the log siding maintains the log look. The insulation and log siding will not be cheap but my heating season goes from late Oct thru Mar/early Apr and at least 3 of those months with many sub-zero days. I can afford to lose the 2″ to 2-1/2″ of space per room and the labor would be mine.
Is this crazy or would the payback in energy costs justify the project?
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