Is choosing an Outdoor Ceiling Fan driving you crazy?
I know the specialized distinctions of outdoor ceiling fans can be a little overwhelming.
Let’s start with the basics:
Is the location for the fan in a “Damp” area or a “Wet” area?
The UL definition of “Damp” says that the fan must be under a roof or porch and should not have direct contact with water such as rain.
Fans rated as “Wet” are sealed and can withstand direct water exposure, just ensure that when you mount the fan, you use the recommended hardware to keep water out of the fan internals and electrical connections.
What type of mount should you use?
How high is the ceiling? Do you need to use a close mount or a down rod, or do you need a “Hugger” mount?
Minimum fan clearance should be:
At least 12” from the ceiling.
At least 24” from blade tip to the nearest wall.
At least 84” above the floor.
What size fan should you buy?
A 36” fan will cool a room of about 144 square feet. (12’x12’)
A 42” fan will cool a room of about 225 square feet. (15’x15’)
A 52” fan will cool a room of about 325 square feet. (18’x18’)
What style should the fan be?
Is the fan location in a very traditional location like a Victorian porch, or a Tuscan outdoor dining area, or a very modern outdoor space? There are several fans that fit each of these examples.
What color and material should you pick?
Do you want the fan to disappear into the ceiling of a traditional porch? You could pick a solid color like white on a white ceiling.
If you want the fan to be a conversation piece in the room, then a bold color or style might be a better choice.
The material of the fan and blades runs the gamut from basic paint and plastic to high tech stainless steel and various other exotic materials.
Have you picked out the right fan for your room? I hope this information was helpful.
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