Home Direction

Paying attention to the direction the property faces can affect your buying decisions depending on if natural light or lack thereof is important to you.

How home orientation affects Natural Light and Energy Efficiency

In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun travels in the south, from east to west.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this is reversed, and the sun travels to the north, and east to west.

I live in America which is in the Northern Hemisphere.

The south gets the most natural light. The north is the darkest and the coolest. East gets sunrise. West gets sunsets.

Facing North

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Facing East

East-facing homes get the sunrise and soft morning light. An east-facing bedroom is great for an early riser! But be careful, if your bedroom is facing this direction you will be waking at sun rises unless you get thick blackout shades. East facing rooms will be bright in the morning and darker later in the day. 

Facing South

South-facing houses have the best natural light. You get the most sunlight in the south and the sun shines in that directional all day. The sun is direct sunlight. That sun can heat the ground and south walls of the house, so the south side is warmer than the north. You can tint glass for less solar heat gain or have large roof overhangs that keep the sun off the house. 

Facing West

West-facing homes have the second most amount of natural sunlight. The sunsets in the west. Walls and windows get afternoon and evening light. The west side of the house gets warmer than the east side of the house. West-facing homes are dark in the morning and bright during the afternoon and early evening. 


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