East-West or North-South: Where Should Your House Face?

For a number of homeowners, orientation matters when it comes to where the house faces. Many would opt for east-facing homes for that beautiful sunrise or a home that’s facing west for cooler mornings that are great for sleeping in. When you’re living in Arizona however, having an east-west facing house can actually entail problems.

All Pro Shade Concepts installs custom window sun screens, awnings, and patio shades; and are the leading shade providers in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the East Valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek) and West Valley (Phoenix, Glendale, Sun City, Laveen, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear).

For home efficiency’s sake, your best bet is to have a home that’s facing north or south. Here’s why.

East-West Facing House


With an east-west facing house, the intense heat will be concentrated on the front and backyard, discouraging yard time with loved ones. Homes rarely have large windows on the side of their homes, they’re usually located at the front & back of the home. The summer sun will beam into windows and temperatures indoors will be a lot higher, demanding more in cooling costs.

North-South-Facing House


A north-south facing house is desirable in that it’s not exposed directly to sunlight (as the sunrises in the east, and sets in the west), which means temperatures inside the house will be cooler, especially during hot summer days.

What to Do When You Have an East- or West-Facing Home

If you have a home that faces east or west, your best solution is shade. Trees shading windows can help block heat & sun exposure from entering your home. If you are concerned about your view becoming obstructed, shade installations could be the answer.

Window Sun Screens provide you with increased privacy, where passersby cannot see in, while you can clearly see out. Installing Window Sun Screens on your home can save you up to 25% on Cooling Costs in the intense Arizona summer. 

All Pro Shade Concepts is Phoenix’s most trusted when it comes to sun screens. If you have an SRP Account for your home, you may be eligible for the SRP Screen Shade Rebate Program. SRP is offering customers a rebate of $0.80 per square foot on window screens installed by All Pro Shade Concepts.

Patio Drop Shades keep your home cooler, and also serve as an added layer of shade for you and your guests, when the sun shines into your patio. 

Awnings can be installed over doors or windows to provide protection from sun entering your home. Attaching retractable awnings to patios also provides expansion of shaded entertainment space, that you can retract when not needed.

Patio Shades & Retractable Awnings reduce cooling costs and can both be motorized & integrated with sun or wind sensors, for maximum efficiency.

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Whether you are looking, or already own a home, considering the orientation of a home is important. Knowing what challenges you will face will help in finding solutions. Make your home more energy efficient with All Pro Shade Concepts. Our experts were featured on ABC 15 News. Contact Us for a Free Quote Today!

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