What You Need To Know About Sun Angles & Effects On Your Outdoor Room
When designing an outdoor area/room, sun angles make a significant difference. It’s important to consider the seasonal changes in the path of the sun, as this will affect how much light and heat you will receive in your outdoor living area and home. We suggest You will need to consider the current orientation of your home – which sides are the north, east, and west-facing sides – and understand the impact of the suns angles during Summer and Winter, as well as take into consideration any existing external shading devices (trees, exterior attachments to your home or structures not attached to your home that currently provide shade).
Summer vs Winter Sun
Although the sun follows the same east-to-west path year-round, the trajectory of it changes quite a lot. In the Summer the sun will be a lot higher in the sky, almost directly overhead at midday. In Winter it will be a lot lower and many homes are designed to take advantage of this lower sun position for passive heating – definitely something to keep in mind in the design of your outdoor room or living space. This phenomenon is illustrated in the diagram below:
Shading Your Outdoor Room
One way to cut down on the amount of direct sunlight you receive in the Summertime is by building a roof or wall (you can also create privacy screens to achieve this) or by using trees that lose their leaves in Autumn/Winter. To take control of your day-to-day shading requirements, you can install an Eclipse Sun Louvre Range to windows or to create a privacy screen. You can also install an Eclipse Opening Roof System. These additions will give you total control over the level of the temperature and airflow, as you can cut out a lot of the harsh summer sun, while still allowing the warming winter sun and light into your outdoor space, as well as adjacent rooms.
If you want a bit of extra heat in the winter it’s a good idea to have north-facing windows included in the design of your outdoor room. This way you’ll get more of the low midday sun during the cooler months and can easily block out the higher and harsher Summer sun.