Why do you want a south-facing house?

Why do you want a south-facing house?

The biggest benefit of having a south-facing house or yard is the amount of sunlight you'll get. Because the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the south side of any house will receive the most daylight hours during the day—especially in the Northern Hemisphere—so a south-facing garden takes advantage of this. Plants need light to grow and flowers need sunlight to bloom, so having a sunny backyard will help your plants thrive and attract bees and other insects which will in turn provide food for birds.

Another advantage of having a south-facing house is its energy efficiency. Since southern exposure requires less insulation than other directions, a south-facing house will be more energy efficient than one not facing south. This is particularly important if you live in a cold climate where heating bills can be high. By opening up your house to allow in more sunlight, you can keep your thermostat lower all year round without sacrificing comfort.

Finally, a south-facing house looks beautiful too! The sun shines brighter in the south, making that direction look and feel warmer. Have some fun with colors and textures by planting grasses in contrasting areas of your yard; for example, put a blue rug in a room with a white couch. The options are limitless when it comes to styling a south-facing home!

These are just a few reasons why you should consider putting a focus on your south yard.

What are the benefits and downsides of having a south-facing side of the house?

The Benefits of a South-Facing Home

  • Increased Amount of Sunlight: One of the biggest aspects of the south facing house pros and cons, surrounds the sunlight that a south facing garden receives.
  • Better Gardening Opportunities:
  • Lower Energy Bills:
  • More Expensive:
  • Too Hot in the Summer:

Why are houses north and south-facing?

1. North-south facing homes: A north-south facing home not only avoids direct sunlight during the day, but it also benefits from the current of the wind. These two variables work together to keep north-south facing units cool and ventilated all year. The primary advantage of a north-south orientation is that it allows for natural ventilation through the use of doors and windows. This means the house does not have to be equipped with air conditioning.

2. South-north facing homes: Direct exposure to the sun causes heat buildup in south-facing homes and results in a high energy bill. During winter months, these homes lose much of their heat through their roofs which can cause heating bills to spike. However, south-facing properties do receive more sunlight than north-facing ones and so are able to use this energy for warmth instead. Houses with southern exposures tend to be warmer on cold days and cooler on hot days than those with northern exposures.

3. East-west facing homes: Homes with eastern exposures benefit from direct sunlight during the summer months and avoid overheating in the winter. Because heat rises, areas east of the house will usually be hotter during the summer and less warm in the winter.

4. West-east facing homes: These properties experience the opposite problems as east-west facing ones; they get heated by the sun in the winter and cooled down in the summer.

Do you want a north or south facing house?

A south-facing residence often receives the majority of the day's sunlight, particularly at the front of the house, and is thus brighter and warmer. A north-facing residence receives sunlight from the rear of the house and is often darker and naturally colder than a south-facing property. Of course, a south-facing orientation is preferable. If you live in a cold climate, consider installing solar-heat-recovery systems or other energy-efficient devices.

A north-facing house may need additional heat during the winter months, depending on how far north it is located. Install storm windows or use color-coordinated materials on the exterior walls to help reflect heat inside the house.

The direction that the wind blows most frequently will influence what kind of house you should build. Consider the alignment of your property with respect to the wind and the direction it usually comes from when deciding where to place buildings and other structures. Also take into account whether you want any particular rooms to have a view. A view can be very calming, but it also needs to be protected from the wind!

If you live in an area that experiences heavy rain, you'll want to build your home to withstand such conditions. Check for signs of water intrusion around the foundation and other areas that might not be visible immediately after building construction finishes. If you find any problems, call in a professional hydrogeologist before further work is done on your house.

About Article Author

John Fishman

John Fishman is a self-employed building contractor. He has been in the trade for over 30 years, and knows what it takes to get the job done right. He loves to spend his time working with his hands, and does most of his work onsite, where he can see the progress first-hand.


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