Your Basic Guide to Outdoor Ceiling Fans

One of the best home additions that you can have installed outdoors are some ceiling fans. However, with their location being outdoors, you must make sure to specifically shop for only outdoor ceiling fans for such purpose. It will be all too dangerous and impractical to be installing an indoor fan to be used in your outdoor space. It will not just be risky but also it will be the cause of having your fans easily broken. Outdoor ceiling fans are very much different with indoor ceiling fans in terms of design. With outdoor ceiling fans, they have been specifically made to bear the harsh forces of nature.

Below are some of the characteristics of outdoor ceiling fans that make them very much different from those used indoors.

  • Outdoor ceiling fans have sealed motor casings or have casings that have been designed to make sure that no moisture or water will come in contact with the inside motor.
  • Their wirings are made of higher grade materials and they also come with some additional shielding.
  • Stainless steel is the material of choice for most components of the outdoor fan such as its screws.
  • The finishing on both the hardware and motor casing is either stainless steel or a powder coat that is weather-resistant. If possible, it must also have some additional protective coating that can handle being exposed with harsh outside elements.
  • In terms of the blades, the material commonly used is ABS plastic instead of plywood. ABS plastic is a very durable and strong material that is capable of preventing any discoloration or warping from happening as caused by UV exposure or moisture.
  • Light fixtures are specifically designed for outdoor purposes and are sealed on top.
  • The mounting hardware, lastly, is either specifically designed to stop water from entering the top porting or be water tight.

There are basically two kinds of outdoor ceiling fans that you will be choosing from. You have those specifically rated for WET locations and those for DAMP locations. Choose one depending on your particular use for your fan. No matter which one you choose, just be sure that your outdoor ceiling fan is UL listed so that you can be assured that having it installed will just be safe and not pose any potential electrical risks.

Can you have an outdoor ceiling fan installed indoors?
Though it is unwise to put an indoor ceiling fan outdoors, if you put your outdoor ceiling fan indoors, it is just perfectly fine. You can even do this in any are of the inside of your home or in your room that you want to have some ceiling fan above. Some people do this just because they prefer the look of the outdoor ceiling fan than that of most indoor fans. These outdoor ceiling fans are even highly recommended for use among bathrooms and laundry rooms so that excessive moisture is prevented.

Can you add any light fixture for your outdoor ceiling fan?
The answer is a simple no. Just like outdoor ceiling fans getting rated for use in WET and DAMP locations, you can also expect the same thing for light fixtures. It is best to use only a light fixture that is made by the same manufacturer as your outdoor ceiling fan. Also, you can go with a light fixture option that has the same rating as your outdoor ceiling fan. If you really want some light fixtures in your outdoor ceiling fan, it is best to get one that comes with them to ensure their compatibility.