Considerations for Choosing a Ceiling Fan for Outdoors

When enjoying outdoor spaces, a ceiling fan can definitely improve your experience especially if you are seated on your patio or outdoor deck on a hot summer day. There are a few factors that should be considered when choosing an outdoor fan which will be highlighted in the article below.

You need to look for weather resistance when purchasing outdoor ceiling fans. They will be subjected to rain, humidity, and sunlight and if you are living in a coastal area, they will even be exposed to sea salt spray. So you need to select a ceiling fan that is constructed from materials that can resist damage and corrosion. There are fans that are specifically designed for outdoor use and they come with UV resistant blades and hardware that is resistant to rust. These also have weather resistant finishes. You need to make sure that the motor housing is sealed so that moisture doesn’t come into contact with the internal components of the fan.

This will further extend the lifespan of the fan. When shopping for outdoor fans, you will come across wet rated and damp rated fans. Wet rated fans can withstand direct exposure to rain and other types of moisture. So if you are having this in an uncovered outdoor area, a wet rated ceiling fan will be ideal. But damp rated fans cannot be used in these space. They are more suited to sheltered outdoor spaces like screened-in patios and covered porches.

You have to consider

The environmental conditions of the outdoor area you have at home when selecting the ceiling fan. You can also reach out to the supplier to ask for a recommendation based on your requirements. Consider the design and blade material of the fan. These factors have a big impact on performance as well as the overall aesthetics of the fan. Make sure you select fan blades that are made from durable materials such as stainless steel, aluminium or ABS plastic. These are resistant to corrosion, rust and warping. The design of the blade can affect the efficiency of airflow and the noise level. You can discuss your requirements with the ceiling fan supplier so that the right shape and pitch of fan blades can be chosen ensuring the comfort of your outdoor space.

There are different sizes of ceiling fans

So you need to select a size that is proportionate to your outdoor space. Think about the layout of the outdoor space and the ceiling height. If you have a larger outdoor area, you can use a larger fan size or several fans. The mounting options also have to be considered so that you can choose the right one for your ceiling configuration and height. Some examples are angled mounts and flush mounts. Some ceiling fans are integrated with light kits so that they can provide ventilation and illumination both. Consider the level of brightness and the type of lighting used. LED lighting is an energy efficient option that you can consider; make sure you look for a fan that comes with dimming capabilities as well.

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