Many people have experienced the wonderful advantages of a ceiling fan, with its cool breeze and its nostalgic style. Now there is increasing interest in bringing this ambience outside, by installing an outdoor ceiling fan. Besides the usual reasons for having a ceiling fan, there are additional advantages to the outdoor version. For one, insects find it more difficult to navigate near the downward draft and tend to stay further away from an area with a ceiling fan. Another reason is that, due to the nature of the fan itself, it is typically built of sturdier material. Thus, you may find yourself lounging and enjoying your fan for many more years outside.
Considering Outdoor Ceiling Fans?
There are a couple of additional things to consider for an outdoor ceiling fan, that aren’t as crucial for the indoor fan. First of all, there should be at least seven feet between the bottom of the fan and the floor for maximum efficiency and comfort. Secondly, these fans tend to be a bit heavier than the indoor version, so they should be installed securely into the surface. This will also reduce the amount of wobble that ceiling fans are known for. Finally, most ceiling fans of the outdoor type include a UL rating for moisture — damp or wet. This is very important if the fan will be in a fairly exposed area (consider winter conditions as well as the summer, since this fan will be there year round).
Outdoor Ceiling Fan Styles
The good news is they have been around for a long time now, so they are available in a variety of styles, contemporary to nostalgic, traditional to themed. A popular style to consider are the ceiling fans in the tropical style. This type has a wider blade, which handles the open air better. If you want a beach theme, the blades often are designed to look like palm fronds. Whatever you decide, outdoor ceiling fans are great to have.