Is home orientation important when buying property?
No matter where you are in the world, the sun always rises in the East and sets in the West, whilst it is always higher in the Summer sky than it is in the Winter sky.
Even though property orientation might not be on the top of your priority lists when buying a property, having a good orientation when it comes to property can make a massive impact on your electric bills and can save you money in the longer term.
Being comfortable all year round is important when choosing a property to live in. You might not want to face the midday sun and live in a home that feels like you are being slowly roasted in an oven.
The ideal orientation involves the right amount of sun, with more sun in winter in cooler climates and less sun in warmer climates, as well as having a breeze to help cool your home down when it does get too hot.
If your home is oriented right it allows you to take advantage of the warm sun and cooling breezes, achieving greater comfort at lower costs.
As well as the amount of natural light your property receives, you should also take into account what your property looks onto, the types of view and how much street noise you will receive.
So what should you be looking for in terms of finding the right home orientation? 1) A property that is north facing will capture the heat from the sun and will lower energy bills. North-facing windows and walls receive more solar radiation during winter than in summer, allowing you to maximise heat during the winter months.
2) Properties, especially apartments that look out onto water or city views tend to be more popular with buyers and can fetch higher prices.
3) If there are trees outside your windows, then they can produce much needed shade during the hot, summer months.
4) If you have a yard or balcony, then you might want to consider a west facing apartment as this will capture the afternoon sun which is not as hot as the midday sun. As the sun sets in the west, this is also the time of day when you are most likely to spend time outside after school or work, allowing you to make the most of the last of the day’s sunshine.
As the planet is heating up through global warming, keeping your home cooler will become even more important in the future and looking for good cross-ventilation and cool breezes, along with plenty of shading in summer will become much more desirable.
Published on 4th of May 2015 by Marty Stanowich