You wouldn’t put your indoor furniture outside to face the elements—the same goes for your indoor ceiling fan. Indoor ceiling fans have different qualities than outdoor ceiling fans, especially when it comes to withstanding the exterior elements. While an indoor ceiling fan is perfect for cooling your home inside, the motor and blades are not made for your outside living areas. Instead, you need to consider buying an outdoor ceiling fan.
What Are Outdoor Ceiling Fans?
There are two types of outdoor ceiling fans: damp-rated and wet-rated. Before you install a ceiling fan outside, you need to understand the difference.
- Wet-rated: Wet-rated outdoor ceiling fans are specifically designed to withstand rain, wind, and snow. If your outdoor ceiling fan is going to be exposed to any moisture or wet elements, a wet-rated fan is required. This also includes partially covered areas where the fan may be unprotected from the weather. Wet-rated fans are sealed and their wiring is specifically designed to not short. Most outdoor ceiling fan blades are designed using ABS plastic so they do not get damaged or warped when exposed to the weather. Wet-rated fans can even be washed off with a garden hose.
- Damp-rated: These outdoor ceiling fans are approved for humidity and covered exterior spaces, but they cannot have direct contact with snow or rain. Even a fan under a covered porch may be exposed to rain—especially with wind. Therefore, these must be in enclosed, exterior spaces—such as an enclosed patio or garage. The interior wiring for a damp-rated fan is protected and a non-corrosive cover is used over the motor. Damp-rated fans can also be used effectively in highly humid indoor spaces such as laundry rooms and bathrooms with showers.
Why Can’t I Use My Indoor Ceiling Fan Outside?
An indoor ceiling fan should never be installed outside. Even if the area is screened or enclosed, indoor fans are not rated or approved for any form of moisture. These ceiling fans can break or short—potentially causing an electrical fire—if allowed to operate in the elements. It is critical that you install the right type of fan for the area. The good news is that you can install an outdoor ceiling fan inside.
Options for Outdoor Ceiling Fans
There are numerous benefits to installing outdoor fans just like there are for indoor ceiling fans. Outdoor ceiling fans offer the same decorative appeal as indoor varieties and your options are nearly endless when it comes to finding one that matches your personal style and your exterior living area’s décor. One of the more popular designs is the tropical outdoor ceiling fan. This design offers larger blades looking like palm fronds or plants. You don’t have to live at the beach to enjoy tropical scenery. With the right outdoor furniture, rugs, and plants, you can create your own tropical oasis and enjoy a clean, fresh breeze on those hot, humid days. Since outdoor ceiling fans often come with overhead lights, your fan can double as an exterior porch light for nighttime entertaining as well.
Learn more about the many types, styles, and brands of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans by visiting the ceiling fan experts at www.CeilingFan.com or by calling toll-free 877.724.2326.