Anyone that spends any amount of time on a deck, patio or other semi-enclosed outdoor space on a hot, sticky day can understand the importance of including a fan into their exterior decor. Table and floor fans are useful but limited. They take up valuable floor or table space and only provide relief to a small area at a time. A better option for homeowners is exterior ceiling fans. They produce the same overall airflow and cooling benefits as their indoor counterparts. Choosing and installing a fan outside does take some additional effort than it would do the same indoors.
Protect the Motor
A motor casing on an exterior ceiling fan will have a waterproof seal that prevents damage from moisture. There are two ratings for these seals. There are UL wet rated and UL damp rated fans. Damp rated means the fan is safe from high humidity levels and the occasional spray of water. Wet rated is a better choice if the fan will potentially be exposed to more moisture. For example, when the fan is near a busy pool or in areas of the country that experience long periods of heavy rains.
Save the Blades
Another difference between indoor and outdoor models are the blades. Most interior fans have wooden paddles that would warp in wet conditions. Fanimation fans exterior fans use products like rattan, metal and plastic that are able to withstand the conditions. In addition, outside ceiling fans will also have been stained or painted in materials that will not peel or flake after repeated outside exposure.
Remember the Wind
Even big ceiling fans may become vulnerable to damage during high winds. Most exterior fans have mounts that allow the fan to sway slightly to prevent the fan from falling from the ceiling in windy conditions. If choosing a fan for a location that does regularly experience high winds it is important to choose a model with strong blades because this will be the most vulnerable part of the fan. Avoid lightweight materials like rattan that could break easily or look for models that are enclosed inside a cage similar to a tabletop fan. Removing the fan blades when unusually high winds are predicted will help to prevent any damage.
Exterior ceiling fans make it easier to enjoy outdoor entertaining even when the weather is hot or humid. The additional air flow will also help to keep away some annoying insects. Just as importantly, Fanimation outdoor ceiling fans are another design feature that help to make outdoor spaces more attractive and elegant.