You can enjoy the energy efficiency and cooling benefits of ceiling fans all year round—both indoors and out—in a wide variety of styles to match any décor. Tropical ceiling fans, many of which are designed for outdoors, provide an ideal way to keep cool and save energy in an island motif.
Outdoor ceiling fans offer the same comfort and cooling as indoor fans, but they’re built to withstand the exterior elements and can even help with insect control. With a tropical-styled fan, you can add a little flare and character to your outdoor living space. As you’re shopping for a tropical outdoor ceiling fan, keep the following tips in mind to make sure you buy a fan that perfectly fits your style and needs.
Consider Your Décor and Blades
Your current décor may determine the style of your fan. The blades are often the particular design element that makes a ceiling fan “tropical.”
Blades for tropical ceiling fans vary from palm tree fronds to rattan to bamboo. This is where your décor comes into consideration. For example, if you have wicker furniture in your outdoor space, a fan with wicker blades would be most appropriate. If, however, you have a tropical theme and perhaps even have palm trees in your yard, a palm frond style may be a better fit. Tropical ceiling fans can tie your outdoor living space’s décor together, as long as you select one that complements what you already have in place.
Be aware, however, that although tropical blades are a designer’s delight and add a wonderful element to any décor, they are sometimes limited in the amount of air they can move. Wicker or rattan blades often do not have the rigidity necessary to effectively push large amounts of air, and large wooden blades are sometimes too heavy for a smaller motor to rotate quickly enough.
Ceiling fans also need sufficient air space between each blade to adequately move air; large oval blades often don’t provide for that. Unfortunately, making the selection process even more difficult, the standard airflow efficiency ratings—cubic feet per minute (CPM)—often don’t account for a change in blades. To make sure the tropical ceiling fan blades you choose will operate effectively in your environment, it is best to make sure the airflow efficiency specs include the blades, or check with sales people who have actual experience with the various types of blades available.
As you’re shopping for outdoor ceiling fans you’ll notice that they’re rated as “damp” or “wet.” A wet-rated ceiling fan can be directly exposed to rainfall and can be washed off with a hose. This is ideal for uncovered areas or even partially covered patios where the fan may get wet. If your outdoor living space is covered and the fan will not be exposed to rain, you can install a damp-rated fan.
Damp-rated ceiling fans are specially designed for outdoor areas and can withstand humidity, but not direct rainfall. Wet-rated ceiling fans can be used in place of damp-rated fans, but a damp-rated fan cannot be placed in a wet location. Therefore, if you think your fan will have exposure to rain or other harsh weather conditions, consider a wet-rated fan just to be safe.
You have many options when it comes to buying a tropical ceiling fan. If you’re not sure where to begin, consider a few of these popular outdoor fans.
Craftmade Kona Bay 52” Tropical Ceiling Fan
The Kona Bay features a rustic iron finish with light oak palm frond-inspired blades. Since it’s light fixture adaptable, you can use this fan to replace your outdoor area’s exterior lighting. This model is damp-rated so it cannot be directly exposed to the rain. Its tropical flare will make you feel as though you’ve escaped to an island paradise—even if you’re stuck in the middle of the city.
Fanimation Windpointe 5 Blade Custom 44 – 80” Tropical Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation Windpointe outdoor ceiling fan features an oil-rubbed bronze finish and a broad spectrum of sizes spanning 44 to 80 inches. A variety of fashionable tropical blades are available ranging from natural palm to walnut leaves to traditional wood. You can also add a downlight depending on your living space and needs.
Hunter Bayview 54” Tropical Ceiling Fan
This damp-rated tropical outdoor ceiling fan features an antique dark finish with dark brown palm leaf blades. It’s the perfect combination of tropical style and innovation. With a whisper-quiet motor you won’t even notice this fan is running. The Hunter Bayview is light fixture adaptable, so use it to replace your current outdoor lighting for versatility and comfort all in one.
Browse a broad selection of tropical outdoor ceiling fans by visiting www.CeilingFan.com, or speak to a ceiling fan expert by calling 877.724.2326. From traditional to contemporary and indoor to outdoor ceiling fans, you can find the perfect fan to suit your budget and your outdoor living needs.