When you are hanging out in the open air room, you could be asking yourself why get a fan? What many homeowners do not realize is the fact that exterior ceiling fans can do wonders for their decks, gazebos, or patios by moving around the stagnant summer air, in the same manner as the indoor fans. The good news is that the outdoor fans come in unique, eye-catching designs that will make the area stand out.
Choosing the right exterior ceiling fan for your patio or deck can be a bit confusing. To simplify the process, you could ask the following questions:
1. Will The Fan Be Well Covered? And What If It Is Exposed to Water or Moisture?
If the outdoor ceiling fan will be properly covered by the ceiling, and a few walls, consider getting a fan that is damp rated. This kind of fan will provide you with more options than the others. If there is a possibility that this fan will in any way be exposed to moisture or splashing of water, then you need a fan with a wet rating.
2. Are You Interested in Creating a Gentle Breeze or in Moving Lots of Air?
When you look at the exterior ceiling options, you will note that there are very many options available. Some are powerful while others have been designed to move at a much slower pace. Normally, size is not the most important factor to consider. What determines how fast this motor will move will be its RPM (revolutions per minute) rating. It can also be influenced by the shape of the blade, pitch, and material used in its construction. If you want to know how fast a fan moves, ask to see it in action in the showroom.
3. The House is Close to an Ocean, Which Exterior Ceiling Fans Will Not Rust?
Homes located near the ocean will require different kinds of fans. These are fans that have been made using 316 marine grade stainless steel. These are fans that will not rust. Secondly, consider those fans that come with plastic or aluminum blades— this one will not rust as well. Lastly, check whether your preferred exterior fan has an anti-rust rating. There are fans that come with the rust color, and will, therefore, not rust.
4. Is It Possible to Find a Fan that Will Match the Décor in the House?
Today’s customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting fans. They can choose to select minimalist or simple fans, designer or modern fans, or go for the traditional exterior ceiling fan.
5. Which Size Is the Best for an Outdoor Area?
As is the case with all the other areas, there is always some flexibility when it comes to selecting the preferred fans. Standard sized fans are fifty-two inches. But there are others that are smaller or larger. You need to understand that a small fan will typically cover a very small area.
When looking at size, there are two determinants to consider:
- Will the fan be placed directly above the area being used?
- How big is the entire area?6. What Differentiates Damp, Dry, and Wet Rated Fans? Outdoor fans have a rating which indicates whether they can safely be used in external places. This UL rating will indicate the total amount of water that a fan can safely be exposed to:
- Dry Rated Ceiling Fan—this type of fan is not intended for use outside the house.
- Damp Rated Fan—it can be used in outdoor areas that are covered. It can handle the moisture
present outside, so long as it does not get into direct contact with water.
- Wet Rated Fan—it can be used in all external areas as it is weather resistant when you have a good understanding the fans UL rating, you now have an idea on which fan is best for you, and how to go about choosing the best fan.