Revitalize Your Covered Outdoor Area With Modern Exterior Ceiling Fan
Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans Are Similar and Serve the Same Main Purpose.
Ceiling fans meant to be used outside on a covered deck, patio, pergola, etc. will look no different from an indoor fan. They also are both intended to do the same thing, which is to keep us feeling more comfortable by providing a refreshing breeze that tricks our mind into thinking it is cooler than it is. They do this by creating what is known as the “wind chill effect”. Wind chill is created by the movement of air as it flows across our skin and it makes us feel cooler than the actual temperature really is. The stronger the wind is that comes in contact with our skin, the cooler we will feel. All ceiling fans do this, no matter whether they are designed as indoor models or outdoor models. Some just do it better than others!
Why do some do it better than others you might ask? Well, the heart of a fan is it’s motor, and the stronger the motor the more airflow the fan can create due to the manufacturers being able to achieve better RPM rates along with higher pitches of the blades. The economy brands that are typically found at the big box home improvement stores will many times focus on the outer look and the size of a fan. To help keep pricing down they cut corners by using a motor that isn’t really powerful enough on the inside. The high-end ceiling fan name brands focus even in more detail of the outward appearance, but they will also pay very close attention to the type motor used in each particular model they produce, to be sure it will perform as good as it looks. The numbers don’t lie. In most cases, a better name brand ceiling fan will outperform the discount store brands by 50% and up to 100% in airflow ratings. And that is why some fans cool better than others.
What Makes an Outdoor Ceiling Fan Different from Indoor Models?
The difference in ceiling fans designed to go outdoors verses indoor models is the way they are sealed, and the materials and finishes used on the motor housings and blades. Even some economy outdoor fans use special paint processes and specially coated hardware to help resist against rust and corrosion. Whereas the ones made by better quality brands will go steps further by using galvanized steel housings, on top of the special paint process. Not only that, but instead of using specially coated screws and hardware, a better quality unit will use stainless steel hardware and such. A few ceiling fans that you may find to hang outside are even made of all stainless steel, which will be the ultimate defense against rust and corrosion.
The materials a fan’s blades are made of is different from an indoor model as well. Outdoor ceiling fans should never use regular plywood blades, and especially not cheap pressboard, as pressboard will absorb moisture and cause the blades to droop like a wilted flower. Quality exterior fans will use ABS plastic blades or extruded aluminum, as found on many large ceiling fans. Some high-end models rated for damp locations will use solid-wood blades that have been sealed against moisture damage, but these models should never be used in locations that require a ceiling fan rated for wet outdoor usage.
Will You Need a Wet Rated or Damp Rated Ceiling Fan, and what’s the Difference? The answer to this question is very simple. For a covered patio or porch, since there will be a sealed roof overhead, a damp rated outdoor model is all you will ever need. Damp rated is for exactly what is sounds like, to resist dampness caused by humidity and possibly occasional dampness from a blowing mist that can get into the area during a heavy storm. Therefore, if your area is protected by a roof, even though it is open to other elements, a damp rated model is all you will need.
Wet outdoor rated ceiling fans are designed to take direct contact from rainfall when there is no sealed roof overhead, such as that found with a pergola. Wet rated exterior ceiling fans have special seals covering the areas where water may otherwise find a way to come into contact with important electrical parts that could cause the fan to short out, or malfunction. The only area the installer should worry about is where the electrical connection is made to the wires in the building structure that feeds power to the fan. A watertight electrical outlet box designed to be used outside is all that should be needed to protect this area. The electrician should have already planned for this and have installed that before installing your new watertight ceiling fan. Once the proper electrical box is in place, the fan manufacturer has taken care of everything else.
Other Uses for Wet and Damp Rated Models
The main thing to remember when installing any ceiling fan, whether it be indoors or out, you can always install an outdoor ceiling fan inside of your home, but you should never install an interior ceiling fan outside exposed to the elements. The exterior models have all the same features of most indoor models so there is no reason not to use a fan for outside use inside of your home. As a matter of fact, in tropical environments, beach homes, or lakefront housing I would suggest using an outdoor model for all of your ceiling fans, whether installing indoors or not. In locations more inland, if installing a fan in a kitchen or a bathroom, one for outdoor use is also a good idea, since in those areas you may have humidity build up which may harm a standard indoor unit. For these reasons, you can never go wrong to use an outdoor ceiling fan inside of your home.
Outdoor ceiling fans are a great investment to help make your outside living space are more pleasant and comfortable place to hang out with family and guest, or just to get some quiet time to read your favorite book. They not only will add comfort to the most at nature living space at your home, but they will also add a sense of style if the correct design is chosen. When you are ready to add beauty and comfort to your outdoor location with a new ceiling fan, and you want the most vast selection of choices, check out Modern Fan Outlet. And if you become overwhelmed with which model will perform best for your needs, you should give them a call because all of their customer service team has a vast knowledge of all models available.
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