Hi,I am looking for a temp home for about that time .I can aford $500 per month and will take care of the yard and pool.I used to have a house with a pool.Please give me an address and get in contact with me.I am a landlord myself,so I know what I want in a email@example.com.... more
Although everyone is telling you to go for a south or west facing backyard for the most winter sun, I would caution you that even in the winter months of November through April, the sun in Ocotillo will be very warm at times during the day, especially with no pool.
For example, last November the highest temperature reported was 88, but the temperature was over 80 degrees 13 days. December through February are much cooler, and should not be an issue. In March of 2013, it reached over 80 degrees 19 times, with a high of 91. By April, the temperature was over 80 degrees on all but 4 days, and reached over 90 degrees 7 days. The high was 99 degrees on April 29th and 30th.
Keep in mind the temperatures are usually the hottest between 2-4pm, and in November the sun will rise around 6:45am, and set around 5:30pm. By the end of April, the sun will rise at 5:40am and not set until after 7:00pm.
I wouldn't be too concerned with the cost of heating your home, as that bill will be practically nothing even in the winter. Most times the heat will probably not even be turned on.
Trust me when I say you will get plenty of sun no matter what direction your backyard is facing. You just need to decide whether you want morning sun (east facing), evening sun (west facing), or all-day sun (South or North facing). North facing backyards will get less sun than south because as the sun moves East to West, it is typically in the southern sky.... more