Energy Savings and Chinking

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The following insightful infrared images were taken of a home in Connecticut. The owners elected to have the interior of their home restored during the winter months prior to having the exterior done in the summer.

As you will see by these images, chinking not only protects your investment from moisture, water, and damaging insects, it will save you money. It does not matter what type of logs you have. During the winter months the cold gets in-between the logs and heat loss occurs.

Some background on this infrared (IR) photo session: The home is a 25-year-old log home in Connecticut constructed with six inch logs using a spline and double gasket system. At the time the images were taken only one bedroom interior had been cleaned, sealed and chinked. The temperature was about 35 degrees Fahrenheit outside. It was about 8:00 pm.

The infrared camera model used is the PalmIR 400D by Raytheon.

Interior living room (No interior or exterior chinking) The lamp is on and the heat from it is depicted in white, red and yellow. The warm areas are in green. The cold is detected using blue. The windows in this home are NOT modern or efficient. You can clearly see the cold infiltration through the glass, around the window frames and most importantly, through the log seams.

Interior front door (No interior or exterior chinking)

The camera is set to auto.

The home interior is still cool. You see where the heat loss is around this door. Notice the five gang light switch to the right of the door.


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