One of the first questions we ask people who come to the office is what orientation would be perfect for them. Many times, this question catches our customers unprepared, and it shouldn’t. A wrong orientation can increase your electricity expenditure by up to 70%, and not only that; orientation can be the difference between loving a house, or hating it.
Of course, each person has their tastes and needs, and finding the perfect orientation depends on a multitude of factors, such as geographical location or the use that will be given to the home. In this article we will tell you what each orientation entails, so that you decide which one is the most suitable for your tastes and objectives.
Is a north orientation good?
Some would say that this is the worst orientation to have in house, since the sun doesn’t directly shine on it, at least in the northern hemisphere (which is where our agency is). The sun will only enter the house in summer, early in the morning and late in the evening. That means that these houses are usually cold and somewhat dark, which many people do not appreciate.
However, it also has its advantages: It’s the only orientation with a homogeneous amount of light throughout the day, and in warm cities like Torrevieja, the lack of sunlight can mean a huge saving on summer days. The north orientation is especially suitable for offices, where the constant amount of light all day is an ally.
Our advice for a north-facing house is that it has good quality windows and a well-made winter insulation.
South orientation: The favourite of many
Unlike the north-facing house, the south-facing house has sunshine throughout the day most of the year, and in the central hours of the day in summer. This means that, in Torrevieja, for a south-facing house it is essential to invest in air conditioning, or at the very least invest in blinds or a canopy.
In general, south-facing homes are the most popular around here, especially for buyers of foreign origin or looking for a holiday home.
In addition, they are tremendously luminous houses, which helps a lot to improve the perception of the house when selling it.
Advantages of an east orientation
If you’re all for energy saving and sustainability, this orientation will be perfect for you. The sun enters the house in the morning and stays until noon, which means that heat can accumulate and release little by little until night comes.
The living room and the terrace are the rooms that benefit most from this orientation, accompanied by a good decoration of curtains and awnings so that the sun doesn’t make things too warm on the hottest days.
In Torrevieja, this orientation can be a very good option for those who want a house with lots of light, but do not want to become broke because of the air conditioning bill every summer.
Why choose a west orientation?
The west orientation is not usually very popular, since it receives the sun in the hottest hours, and no light during the morning. This means that the accumulated energy is released during the night, and sometimes air conditioning is necessary even at this time.
In Torrevieja it is not an orientation that we recommend, since the weather is hot, and it can make the nights unpleasant. However, if you live in a cold climate, or it turns out that you are especially sensitive to cold, it is a great option.
We suggest, in any case, that houses with this type of orientation are very well insulated, to avoid excessive energy expenditure.
Does the orientation affect the price?
The answer is yes, no doubt. A house with a south or east orientation will normally be a lot more expensive than a house with a north or west orientation, but of course orientation is not the only factor.
What really determines the value of the house is the amount of light that can enter it; if the house you want to buy or sell is south facing, but it is a ground floor that exists in the shade of taller buildings almost always, the orientation won’t add much value.
On the other hand, if your apartment is north facing, but has great sea views, maybe the orientation doesn’t matter so much.