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Old 05-06-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Question Which direction should the house better faces?

Hi,

I am wondering which direction should the house better faces in Texas, so the house is bright during the day but does not get too hot in the summer?

BTW, when I say "faces", I meant the direction the front door faces. I understand that the light is usually coming from the back of the house in Texas.

Many thanks in advance!
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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I think North or South is best. However, if you have to choose between East or West, I'd choose East. That way in the evenings when the sun sets in the West, you could enjoy your backyard.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Your answer will depend partly on the design of your home. That is where the rooms and windows are located, etc. My home faces East and until the sun starts to set I receive plenty of light from windows on the East side. In the hotter months the South and West sides of the home will receive the brunt of the heat from solar loading. As a result I have full length solar screens on the South and West side windows. Even so I still have to close shades when the sun is high and strong.

Look at the design of your home to find your answer.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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Purely from an energy efficiency perspective: the best orientation is a home with the bulk of your windows facing north/south. Put deciduous trees on the Southern exposure for even better efficiency (shading the windows/wall in the summer to stop solar heat gain in the summer and allow it in the winter, when you want it).
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone!
What if most of the living area and the backyard is facing southwest?
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:40 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone!
What if most of the living area and the backyard is facing southwest?
you will have lots of light and a high electric bill.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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Avoid any house that faces South or West if you are concerned about air conditioning costs since that is where most heat gain takes place, unless there is enough fully grown/matured trees to provide shade.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone! I did a little research myself and found Southwest could be the best facing direction.

Solar Path Diagram


According to the Solar Path Diagram,
Spring and Fall - Sun rises from the East and set to the West
Winter - Sun rises from the Southeast and set to the Southwest
Summer - Sun rises from the Northeast and set to the Northwest

Therefore, it looks that, in order to get enough light and heat from the Sun in Winter, the living area of the house needs to face Southeast, South, or Southwest. Among these three directions, if I do not want to be woken up by the Sunlight in the morning, my bedroom should not face Southeast.

Looking at the diagram, I think neither South nor Southwest facing houses will get much direct sunlight in Summer because the Sun is high in the sky when it shines at these directions.

In the Winter, Southwest-facing house is a good place to watch sunset.

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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i have a feng shui question. I'm in a rental and my front door is in the back yard. is that good luck or bad luck? and why?
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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i have a feng shui question. I'm in a rental and my front door is in the back yard. is that good luck or bad luck? and why?
If your front door is in the backyard, that makes it a backdoor. Do you really mean that your house doesn't have a front door? is it a single family or a condo?

Naima
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