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    I have a 20x24 stick framed cabin, it is framed with 2x6's for walls , 2x10's for the floor and 2x12's for the rafters. We have r-30 in the floor and roof and r-19 in the walls. we have a 6 mil vapor barrier on everything and the seams are taped. My question is why is my cabin always colder than the outside temperature when I get to it? I can understand a few dergrees but it is usually around 15-20 degrees.Our wood stove heats it pretty well. The loft, as we all know warms up faster. We continually find drafts and seal them but we still stay colder. Our cabin is in Willow where it is colder, am I being paranoid about the temp?

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    It is totally normal for a well insulated place with no heat for days to be much colder than the outside air temp. nothing to worry about just put the heat to it.

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    • #3
      Sounds like you have a fairly well insulated cabin & from your description of the temperature differences, that's a normal occurrence since the insulation in your cabin is doing its job. I speak from experience, "we reside in Willow as well" & it does get a bit colder than the city "Wasilla, Palmer, ER, Anch, etc"..
      Hope this scenario answers your questions & concerns so here goes; if you have "0" heat applied to the inside your cabin & the outside temps get fairly warm during the day {which they have for the last several weeks} from direct sun, sun reflections, etc & if you're cabin does NOT have tons of windows to allow that heat to transfer inside; your cabin "when unheated & all inside heat is lost" should always stay cooler than the outside temps.
      Keep in mind that insulation in the walls, floors, & roofs are designed to slow the transfer of heat / cold, not stop it completely.
      Hope that helps answer your questions & concerns.

      Originally posted by missionman View Post
      I have a 20x24 stick framed cabin, it is framed with 2x6's for walls , 2x10's for the floor and 2x12's for the rafters. We have r-30 in the floor and roof and r-19 in the walls. we have a 6 mil vapor barrier on everything and the seams are taped. My question is why is my cabin always colder than the outside temperature when I get to it? I can understand a few dergrees but it is usually around 15-20 degrees.Our wood stove heats it pretty well. The loft, as we all know warms up faster. We continually find drafts and seal them but we still stay colder. Our cabin is in Willow where it is colder, am I being paranoid about the temp?
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      • #4
        As others have said, it sounds like your house is well insulated. To put it into perspective, think about your home as if it were a thermos. If you put hot things in a thermos they stay hot and if you put cold things in it, they stay cold. This is because of the insulation around the thermos which keeps the liquid (or whatever) that is inside from becoming exposed to the outside temps and slows the cooling or heating process that would otherwise naturally occur. Simply put, it sounds like your home is insulated very well as it is holding the colder air inside. Didn't mean to ramble but hope this helps.
        G3 Guy
        "...with God all things are possible." - Mark 10:27

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        • #5
          Thanks for the answers , I appreciate it.

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