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It is not only layout direction that is important, here house A on the coast will benefit from all year available Sunshine, as does the house B high on the hill. However the maximum height of the Sun, particularly in the winter months, means the house C located lower in the valley, will never receive direct winter sunlight.

In cold areas this can have a significant effect on annual heating bills, more frequent heavy frost on cars and a much shortened growing season for plants. The heating power of direct Sunlight, even in Winter is extremely significant.

Let’s hope House D was good value and has nice views! We have sold a huge number of Sun compasses to property seekers in the Alps, for these exact reasons.