Installing a ceiling fan in your outdoor space like your lanai, patio, or deck may not be a popular thing to do but it is something that you should consider. These fans are less popular than indoor ceiling fans because there is already good circulation outdoors. However, you can benefit a lot from installing outdoor ceiling fans, especially if you live in a warm location or in a place where summer can get really hot and humid.
When buying a ceiling fan for your outdoor use, you need to consider a few important things that will help you make a wise decision. Here are some of them.
They are made of durable materials that can withstand constant exposure to natural elements such as heat, dust, and humidity. Even if there is a roof and the space is slightly enclosed, you should still choose a ceiling fan that is made of high quality materials fit for outdoor use. For example, the motor casing has a waterproof seal protection that protects it from moisture. The blades are also made of a special kind of plastic. Wooden blades are not ideal for outdoor ceiling fans because wood absorbs moisture. This can make the wood weak and warp and can affect the movement of the fan, causing it to wobble.
Damp or Wet rating outdoor ceiling fans
You need to know where you are going to install outdoor ceiling fans for you to have an idea what kind of rating you should look for. There are two types of ratings provided by the Underwriters Laboratories or UL—the Damp and Wet rating. If the ceiling fan has a Damp rating, it means that this fan can be installed in partially covered areas like the patio or lanai that will keep them from having direct contact with the natural elements.
The Wet rating, on the other hand, is given to those ceiling fans that can be installed outdoors even without overhead cover, like in your garden or backyard. This type of outdoor ceiling fans is water proof and can get soaked in water or heavy downpour. Wet rated outdoor ceiling fans are also easier to clean because you can just spray them with water using a hose or soak them in the bathtub and not worry about damaging the motor.
Living near the ocean
If you live near the ocean or if you are planning to install outdoor ceiling fans in your vacation beach house, you should buy a Wet rated ceiling fan even if you are going to install it in a covered area like the patio or deck. This is because the air and sea water causes corrosion. It would be best to buy the highest quality ceiling fan for your outdoor living space to avoid having these problems. It is also important to wash the ceiling fan more often to avoid corrosion. If you are just staying in the beach house every summer, you should remove the fan from the ceiling and store it in a box inside the house to prolong its life span.