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How to Check House Facing Direction?
2021-10-29

The so-called house facing direction generally refers to the place with the largest daylighting surface. In high-rise residential buildings, the main balcony is generally the largest lighting surface for each unit. In fact, many people think that finding the correct orientation of their house is actually very difficult, but let me tell you something; finding the correct orientation or direction of a house is very - in fact very easy, and it is by no means "rocket science". Now, it does not require genius to determine that the house can face any of the eight directions. Among the eight directions, 4 are the main directions, and the remaining 4 are sub-directions. The four main directions are east, south, west and north; and the remaining four sub-directions are north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west.

# How to check house facing direction?

## I Identify the main directions

Step 1: Stand in front of the door of your house, facing outside (as if you are going out).

Step 2: When you are in the position mentioned in step 1, use the compass to record the direction you are facing.

That's it, the direction you just noticed in step 2 is the direction your house is facing.

Here, I must make it clear to you that, in many cases, people think-or are forced to believe-that the direction you face when you enter your home is the direction facing your home. This is completely wrong. The truth is that if you face north when you walk out of the house-then you have a house facing north; similarly, if you face south when you come out of the house, then you have a house facing south.

## II Identify the sub-directions

The main directions are marked, namely north, south, east, and west. This is the easiest way to mark the four sub-directions.

The place where the north and east meet is the northeast corner.

The intersection of the south and east is the southeast corner.

The corner where south and west meet is the southwest corner,

The northwest corner is where the west meets the north.

# The pros and cons of four main house facing directions

## 1 West facing house pros and cons

* Provides the best west facing house sunlight later in the day, useful for most people returning home from work at night.

* Perfect for those who sleep in it-keep the house dark all morning.

* Conducive to drying clothes in the backyard in the morning.

Disadvantages of facing west

* In any season or any climate, energy efficiency will never be truly outstanding, which is one of the main problems of vertical houses.

* The house is usually dark and there is no natural light outside of certain night hours.

## 2 North facing house pros and cons

Advantages of north facing

* Reduce electricity bills in warmer areas by reducing the energy required to cool the home.

* The front porch and driveway will not unnecessarily absorb excess heat.

* Homes facing north, northeast, and northwest often benefit from drying clothes in the backyard.

Disadvantages of north facing

* It is a bad choice in cold climates.

* Natural light is usually less, which means that the overall house is darker.

* Due to the increased use of heaters to keep the interior of the house at a comfortable temperature, the electricity bill increases; this shortcoming can be offset by more south-facing windows.

## 3 South facing house pros and cons

Advantages of facing south

* Effectively absorb solar heat and reduce the energy demand of the central heating system in winter.

* Capture more natural light, reduce lighting costs, and provide a more exhilarating character for the family.

* Due to the direct sunlight, the driveway requires less snow removal.

Disadvantages of south facing

* The summer may bite residents and may turn the house into an oven, especially when the south-facing glass area is large.

* The energy saved in winter is offset by the inefficient cooling of the interior of the house in summer.

* In these respects, the southeast and southwest facing houses are not much better.

* Reducing front-facing (or south-facing) windows and installing effective sun protection devices on them can help reduce the increase in solar heat in summer.

## 4 East facing house pros and cons

Advantages of facing east

* Best for early risers. The house faces the sunrise, which means that the house starts to fill with natural light at dawn.

* Provide shade for the backyard in the summer morning, while providing soft and warm sunset light in the evening-perfect for backyard barbecues.

* In winter, it is the second best place to capture solar heat and sunlight after the south-facing houses.

* Compared with north/south-facing houses, energy efficiency is lower than average.

* Sunlight glare through the front window may be unwelcome for people undergoing night surgery.

* The front yard may be hot throughout the first half of the day.

## Tips for choosing the house facing direction

Generally speaking, the living room is an area with more activities. If lighting is required, it must be given priority. The relative kitchen and bathroom are not so demanding. If you must choose, the priority order of orientation should be the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

-For living room

The living room is a room with a high utilization rate and a large number of users in a house. It is better to face the south, and it is warm in winter and cool in summer.

-For bedroom

Try to ensure the orientation of the master bedroom, preferably south. Other bedrooms are oriented to the southeast, east, or northeast. Try not to choose a bedroom facing west, as the summer is hot.

-For bathroom

Generally, it is humid and easy to breed bacteria, so it is necessary to maintain lighting and ventilation, and try to avoid choosing west-facing toilets.

-For kitchen

Due to the large amount of cooking fume produced in the kitchen, the formation time is short. Generally, a range hood or exhaust fan will be used to exhaust the air.

To sum up, when choosing, of course hope that all rooms can be ventilated and have good lighting conditions, but under various conditions, there should be some choices.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that not all south-facing houses mean good ventilation and lighting effects. It also depends on the spacing between buildings to avoid obstruction by other buildings.