Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona?
In different parts of the country, a home's orientation may or may not make a difference. In Arizona, we follow the sun a little differently than other cooler climates.
In cooler climates, you might want a home facing west to take advantage of the sun's heat gain to provide warmth. Or a home owner may elect to buy a home facing East to take advantage of the morning sun.
If Feng Shui is an important principal to a home buyer, they may elect a Southwest or North facing front door.
Homes facing North or South wouldn't experience heat gain from a hot west sun. North facing homes might have darker front rooms, but that section of a home would be cooler in a warm climate.
South facing homes in a warmer climate have warmer front rooms, leaving the rear portion of a home cooler in warmer climates.
So Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona? North or South facing homes with doorways on those sides of a home allow for less heat gain versus the smaller window openings, eliminating some of the heat gain. Hot west and south windows also mean more of the sun's rays can fade interior finishes, damaging wood and fabrics.
When choosing a home in Arizona, make a mental note of which rooms are closest to the south and west facing windows and doors.
The heat gain from South and West facing windows and doors can be minimized with security doors, sun screens, newer windows, building trombe walls or planting trees or tall plants.
Extended overhanging eves and patio covers can also minimize the sun's rays.
And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Arizona, give me a call! I'll help to make sure you find the right house for your needs.