We’ve become so used to relying on electricity to cool and heat our homes, power our appliances and provide light. However, we neglect or forget another source of energy right around us: the sun. Some homes are not built to fully take advantage of the sun throughout the year. Moreover, if you purchase a home that is already built, you have limited options. However, when you are building a new custom home design, it is the perfect opportunity to position your home for natural lighting.
Position Your Home for Natural Lighting by Choosing the Ideal Lot Location
When it comes to building a new home, choosing the appropriate lot location is vital. This is important if you want to maximize natural lighting throughout the year. Not only can you ensure certain rooms are getting light at the best moments of the day, but you can even harness solar power for your home.
The best decision you can make is to position your home along an east-west street. Think about this if you have not purchased a lot yet. You will see a few different options, but you may not have thought about it in relation to the sun. When you get that east-west street lot position, a large part of your roof will either face the north or south.
What does that achieve? It allows you to add solar panels to the roof for solar power. They will get maximum exposure to the sun throughout the year. And it also lets you set up massive windows along the top and sides of your home. With these skylights and full glass walls, you can deliver maximum sunlight to your home.
Now you may be worried about energy efficiency. The good news is that you can invest in energy efficient windows, which will still keep the air inside your home during the summer and winter months. Moreover, you can avoid direct sunlight on the back part of your home during the summer by setting up a porch or overhang.