If you’re building a home in a sunny place, you may have been warned there are a lot of different factors first to consider. From solar energy to sustainable materials – this article will discuss some of the most helpful tips you need to know when building a home in a sunny spot. Let’s get straight into it!
Install Solar Panels
By building your home in a sunny place, your home will be in an excellent spot for you to get solar power. To successfully install solar panels in your home, you need to have access to sunlight and also make sure that the roof has enough room and that there are no obstructions such as trees or other buildings. You should also know how much sun hits your roof and what size panels will be appropriate based on the square footage of the roof space available. It’s important to think about how much power you want each panel to produce so that you can determine how many panels will be needed before installation. Similarly, make sure that you get several quotes from different vendors to find out which company will give you the best deal. And finally, research extensively the maintenance care your solar panels will require prior to installation, such as pigeon proofing solar panels. Pigeons and other pests use solar panels to shelter from pests and to nest. This, if left untreated, can damage your precious solar panels and reduce their effectiveness. Therefore, make sure that you know how to maintain your solar panels effectively before you get them installed.
Use Sun-Resistant Materials And Be Aware Of Trees
When building a home in a sunny area, it’s extremely important to incorporate sun-resistant materials into your home. For example, you need to make sure that you insulate properly. Ensuring that all pipes, wires, or anything else underground are insulated properly as well. You should also stay away from trees and bushes around the house. If you’re planting trees or bushes around your house, make sure they’re planted far enough away so they don’t obstruct sunlight from reaching the house during different times of the day. Take into consideration which direction the sun sets when determining how far back to plant these plants. You’ll want them in place before construction begins so that roots can grow into the ground, providing more stability. Remember too that most plants only grow to be about 6 feet high so you won’t need to worry about anything blocking the sunlight after 6 feet up!
You should also consider ventilation when living in any hot climate. Different ways to ventilate include opening windows and using a fan. You can purchase an evaporative cooler that cools the house by using water. An evaporative cooler is an easy way to stay cool without having to rely on air conditioning all the time. Similarly, as mentioned, you can also install solar panels to reduce energy costs (if you are able).
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can help those who live in sunny areas by lowering the temperature inside a home and making it more comfortable. They also decrease the need for air conditioning. When looking for ceiling fans, make sure they are the right size and have been designed to be energy efficient. Not all electric motors are created equal when it comes to how much electricity they use. So make sure that you ask a professional before buying your fan so that you can make sure your electricity bill won’t be so high.
Take Advantage Of Natural Light
Take full advantage of all the natural light your home sees. By taking advantage of natural light, you can avoid spending money on electricity and save on costs!
Use Sustainable Materials
And finally, when building in an extremely sunny area, make sure that you choose furniture that is made out of sustainable materials so they don’t wear out quickly in the sun. You’ll have to put a lot more effort into making sure it doesn’t rot or mold over time because it won’t have the same protective qualities that other woods do. Make sure any paint used to keep the furniture looking good lasts as long as possible by using primer and painting only when necessary.
By following the above tips, you’re sure to build an extremely sun-efficient home in your desired hot spot. Just make sure to ask around for a variety of different quotes with regards to installing solar power, taking advantage of the natural light your home sees, using sustainable materials, considering ventilation, and being watchful of where you plant your trees! Once the initial building is out of the way, you can get onto designing and planning the rooms! Good luck, and enjoy the process!