An Overview Of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

18 December 2019 by

Ceiling fans for any outdoor location is a wise choice unless they are specifically designed for the harsh climate. Installing an indoor fan in an outdoor area can short out or break down prematurely. Outdoor fans are solely designed differently than indoor ceiling fans as they can work well even with rough weather. There are lots of reasons for which outdoor fans are designed differently than indoor ones. Some of them are:

  • To prevent water and moisture from coming in contact with the motor inside, it is sealed with a decorative motor casing.

  • High-grade wiring with additional shielding is used

  • Stainless steel screws and other components are used.

  • For the motor casing and hardware, a weather-resistant powder coat, stainless steel or additional protective coating is used to handle the exposure to elements of nature.

  • To make the blades, ABS plastic is used rather than plywood. ABS is a strong and durable material, resists warping and discoloration from moisture or UV exposure.

  • Specially designed for outdoors, light fixtures are sealed on top.

  • To prevent water from entering the mounting hardware it is made watertight.

Outdoor ceilings come in two types, those for damp locations and those rated for wet locations. Choosing the right type for your application is important as there is a notable difference between the two. The most important step is to make sure it is UL listed so that it can be installed without any potential hazards.

A few points of difference between both are listed below:

For those rated damp, they are designed to handle moisture but without any direct contact with rain or running water. This type of fan can be installed in covered areas such as the patio, or screened porch or other areas protected from rain or dripping water.

On the other hand, wet rated fans handle direct exposure to rain. It can be installed covered or uncovered wherever necessary, indoor or outdoor. Be it an open gazebo, lattice covered lanai or similar shade structure as well as under a covered porch or patio, wet rated fans work well. Being watertight, they can be easily cleaned which is the reason why it is higher demand other than damp rated fans.

Let’s take a look at the commonly asked questions about outdoor fans:

Is it possible to install an outdoor fan indoors?

Outdoor fans can be installed wherever necessary, be it a living room or any other room. This is because of the attractive look of the fans. They are recommended for laundry rooms, bathrooms or any other room that has to deal with excessive moisture. Outdoor fans are the natural choice for humid climates.

Is there a solution to the problem of blades breaking off in high winds?

This is the problem that cheaper models with lightweight materials pose. High winds can sheer off the blades from these fans. In most cases, the metal blade holders are broken rather than the blades themselves. In areas prone to high winds, outdoor fans without blade holders are best suited. These fans come in a hugger style.

Do outdoor fans come in designs having blades that are easy to take off in case of storms?

This is the question everyone asks and the answer is unfortunately no. Until now there is no fan designed with a ‘quick disconnect’ with blades that snap on and off. This is idea would find great response if ever materialized.

Are there battery operated outdoor fans as running wires and junction boxes can make outdoor applications difficult?

The applications are not powerful enough to handle outdoor requirements even though DC powered ceiling fans are available. They are not designed to work from batteries also. The present innovations bring DC powered ceiling fans using an AC/DC converter still requiring electrical wiring.

Can an outdoor fan be operated using the remote control?

Unless specifically designed for the fan being used and the rate of correct application,(damp or wet), remote controls and wall controls are not used outdoors. In case you prefer remote control or wall controls shop for the outdoor fans including these features.

Do outdoor fans come with light fixtures?

The answer is a big no. Similar to the rating as damp or wet, light fixtures too come distinctly. Choose the lighting from the same manufacturer of the fan as well as the same rating. If you insist on a fan with a lighting fixture, it is better to purchase the one that comes compatible with the fan.