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Would you buy a house with most windows facin g East/West?

Shawna 2012/04/17 23:57:13
No.  I need more light and a west facing home can get too hot.
Yes.  It doesn't matter to me what direction my home faces.
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I live in a climate that is often cloudy and rainy. Facing west can make a house very hot in summer. Not all of you will live in a climate like mine, but please share with me your thoughts on which direction your home faces or where the largest/most windows are.
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  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2012/04/25 23:55:35
    Here is my wosdom....
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +1
    My house faces the East..... and I have three large windows in the front.... and I so love the morning Sun.....:)
    When I'm here....!
  • Shawna Barefoo... 2012/04/26 00:19:18
    Shawna
    +1
    Morning sun is wonderful. Enjoy!
  • Barefoo... Shawna 2012/04/26 00:24:52
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +1
    I do when I''m here.... I open all the blinds then...... and let my plants love it...... ;)
  • firelooker 2012/04/25 23:48:05
    Yes. It doesn't matter to me what direction my home faces.
    firelooker
    +1
    My home sets with two long sides facing north and south and unless you have solar panels don't reckon it really matters much.
  • Shawna firelooker 2012/04/26 00:19:53
    Shawna
    It depends on where you live and what your climate is like. If sunshine is scarce you want all you can get.
  • firelooker Shawna 2012/04/26 00:24:57
    firelooker
    +1
    I live in Northern Az.
  • Shawna firelooker 2012/04/26 01:02:40
    Shawna
    I would think you might have air conditioning so you aren't too worried about your house getting over heated.
  • Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of ... 2012/04/25 14:29:37
    Here is my wosdom....
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +1
    Or lack of. I didn't even know that was an issue. My house is surrounded by trees which makes it really hot.
  • Shawna Ruby De... 2012/04/25 19:57:15
    Shawna
    +2
    Oh I suppose the trees trap the heat. Here there isn't a lot of ambient heat so direct sunlight is what heats up a house. Most people want deciduous trees to the south and west so that they get a more dappled sunlight in summer. Some people suffer from too many trees because it makes their house cold and dark.
  • Ruby De... Shawna 2012/04/25 20:05:23
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +1
    Might be because we're in a humid place. I guess these are things I need to know more about when I get around to buying a home.
  • Shawna Ruby De... 2012/04/25 20:30:35
    Shawna
    +2
    If you can, try to see the house at midday when it would be hottest.
  • Ruby De... Shawna 2012/04/26 03:24:31
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +1
    Good idea, thanks :)
  • JustMe 2012/04/18 05:54:56
    Yes. It doesn't matter to me what direction my home faces.
    JustMe
    +2
    Thats what curtains are for, or like when I was working nights I have used blankets over the windows when needed, plus the sunlight makes my plants happy and saves on electricity. My new house has 6 big windows downstairs that face north and south, and the upstairs has only 3 facings east/west. im not sure how they will affect the cooling, i moved in in February.
  • Shawna JustMe 2012/04/18 09:05:08
    Shawna
    +2
    Your west facing rooms might get a little warm in the summer, but if you can get a cross breeze that helps. I currently live in an apartment that only faces west but also has two cedar trees right outside. It's lovely when you can have sunlight pouring into the windows, though.
  • Pat 2012/04/18 02:38:46
    Here is my wosdom....
    Pat
    +1
    I hadn't really thought about this until you asked but....most of my windows do face east and west. I only have three that face south. I don't mind the way the windows are situated though because my bedrooms and kitchen face east and it's nice to have the sun in the morning. But, my living room and dining room face west and it can get too hot especially in the summer. I have to have an a/c in the living room when July and August hit.
  • Shawna Pat 2012/04/18 03:00:24
    Shawna
    +2
    I agree with you, morning sun is lovely. My ex mother in law has a house that faces east/west and it gets very hot in there in the summer. She keeps her curtains and blinds closed and her windows closed as she is convinced this keeps it cooler.
  • wtxwoman 2012/04/18 00:34:22
    Here is my wosdom....
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Where I live, it is best to have windows on the south side of the house and maybe small ones on the other sides for flow. With south facing windows I get the sun all day in the winter and none in the summer.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 00:38:32
    Shawna
    +2
    That sounds perfect! We have plenty of cloudy days here in all seasons except summer. It might matter more that there be lots of windows or large ones, rather than which direction they face.
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 01:58:07
    wtxwoman
    +1
    If you live very far north, that is a good idea. Here we have to avoid the sun because we have almost no cloudy days. Even when it rains, it does so quickly. Very seldom do we have days in a row with no sun.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 02:12:55
    Shawna
    +2
    I live in British Columbia, Canada, on the coast. If you know the climate of Seattle we are basically the same here. We can have many days in a row with no sunshine.
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 02:24:20
    wtxwoman
    +1
    That would make me depressed. I think I have seasonal affect disorder. Everytime I've been up north and it's been cloudy for over five days I get depressed. I don't like to go into the sunshine but I like to be able to see it.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 02:29:21
    Shawna
    +2
    I am used to it, and when I briefly lived somewhere that was the blue sky and sunshine type of climate even when it was way below zero, I didn't like it. while it's true that it can be very grey, it is also very green because of all the rain. I have mountains and the ocean within my view, large trees and things that are green or even in bloom all year. I have found that the view out my windows is more important to me than the weather.
    Still, I find myself beginning to long to live in a warm and sunny place-not hot, something like northern California. I cannot get that type of climate without actually moving to another country so it isn't very doable.
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 02:50:15
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I would like to live in a cooler place, but still dry. The wet plays havoc with my arthritis.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 03:01:21
    Shawna
    +1
    Arizona?
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 03:05:34
    wtxwoman
    +1
    It's as hot as where I am, West Texas. I think I would have to go higher and a little further north, New Mexico, maybe.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 03:09:49
    Shawna
    +1
    Is that doable for you in the future?
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 03:20:06
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Not really, but who knows. I never thought I'd be living here, either.
  • Shawna wtxwoman 2012/04/18 03:23:47
    Shawna
    +1
    It can be expensive to move. I am pretty much stuck where I am for better and for worse.
  • wtxwoman Shawna 2012/04/18 05:21:33
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Me, too.
  • FencerCat 2012/04/18 00:16:51
    Here is my wosdom....
    FencerCat
    +2
    I prefer north/south facing windows. In summer, east windows make that side of the house hot in the morning and the west windows make that side of the house hot in the afternoon. Of course, as my mother always did, the careful planting of trees to help shade the house also helps keep it cool in summer.
  • Shawna FencerCat 2012/04/18 00:22:30
    Shawna
    +2
    Yes, trees can help with shade but they can't give you sunlight.
  • FencerCat Shawna 2012/04/18 00:24:54
    FencerCat
    +2
    True. Ours allowed some sunlight in (and lots in winter, since the leaves were gone. We also used Venetian blinds to help keep the sun out on the sunny side in summer.
  • Shawna FencerCat 2012/04/18 00:25:33
    Shawna
    +1
    Yes blinds can help a lot. Where I used to live we also got sea breezes and that helped to cool things down.
  • FencerCat Shawna 2012/04/18 00:26:59
    FencerCat
    +1
    Oh, I love a nice sea breeze. I like blinds instead of shades because you can adjust the amount of light you can let in (or neighbor's noses you can keep out. lol
  • Shawna FencerCat 2012/04/18 00:27:51
    Shawna
    +1
    also, sunlight can fade and damage fabrics and wood floors, so maybe it's overrated-lol.
  • FencerCat Shawna 2012/04/18 21:36:04
    FencerCat
    +1
    Hmm.... odd that it fades fabrics and tans skin... I just don't understand it. lol
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/04/18 00:10:40
    No. I need more light and a west facing home can get too hot.
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    East, that afternoon sun in the West is too hot.
  • Shawna **Starz... 2012/04/18 00:16:01
    Shawna
    +1
    But if a house faces east, it also likely has windows west. Houses tend to have the most windows on the front and back walls, fewer or smaller windows on the sides.
  • **Starz... Shawna 2012/04/18 00:19:11
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    The best direction is to have your house face South.
  • Shawna **Starz... 2012/04/18 00:23:30
    Shawna
    +2
    That's what I think too. I would like to know how many people would consider another aspect a deal breaker. Say, great house, great neighbourhood but faces east/west.

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