What is better than sitting on your porch swing with a cold glass of smooth iced tea? Swinging on your porch sipping cold iced tea under the cool breeze of an outdoor ceiling fan. There are some important factors to think about when buying outdoor ceiling fans. If you're looking for an affordable, quality fan check out our huge outdoor ceiling fan selection. Take your time and feel out all your options. Once you find an outdoor ceiling fan you love, you can use our guide How to Install a Ceiling Fan to help with your install. But first let’s explain the difference between an indoor fan and an exterior fan.
What's the difference between
indoor and outdoor ceiling fans?
If you’re considering using an indoor fan for your outdoor space, please know outdoor ceiling fans are built to withstand the harsh exterior elements that interior fans often can't handle. Here's the difference.
What are the different kinds of outdoor ceiling fans?
There are a few different types of outdoor fans. You have to factor the location of where you will be installing the ceiling fan. All ceiling fans have Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Dry, Damp or Wet ratings to help you buy an outdoor ceiling fan.
What happens if you put a Dry fan in a Damp or Wet area?
Like we've said, while they are perfect for most indoor usages Dry rated fans are not designed to withstand the outdoors. Using a Dry fan in a Damp or Wet area could lead to dangerous situations. Some of the things that could happen when ceiling fans are not placed in the proper location include the following.
- Burned. The hardware of your fan could begin to rust creating the potential for exposed wiring and electrical fires leaving burned ceilings, fans, outlets and more.
- Melted. Your blades could begin to warp or melt due to heat/moisture and become uneven causing poor circulation, noise or a wobble to begin.
- Rusted. The finish of your ceiling fan could begin to rust, tarnish and fade, leaving you with a dull lackluster ceiling fan.
- Moisture. Even a small amount of moisture getting into the motor will lead to it dying much faster than a traditional outdoor fan.
Bottom line, water and exposed electrical elements never work well together. That's why the protected UL Damp or Wet ceiling fan is what you need outside. Why waste your hard earned money on the wrong ceiling fan? Keep your home safe by installing the proper rated ceiling fan in the right location. UL Wet or Damp ceiling fans in outdoor locations will last so much longer.
You might want to also make sure you get the right size outdoor ceiling fan for your space. View our What Ceiling Fan Size Do I Need guide to determine which size fan you need.
These are the specific things to looking for when you buy an outdoor ceiling fan. Also view our How to Buy a Ceiling Fan guide to ensure you purchase the perfect ceiling fan.