Outdoor Ceiling Fans

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Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

A simple ceiling fan can make all the difference in the amount of time spent on your porch. In the summer time, the gentle breeze created by a ceiling fan allows us to sit outside when, by everyone’s admission, it is too hot to be outside.  Just having that little bit of cool air blowing makes it enjoyable. When a natural breeze isn’t present, the man-made kind, powered by the electric company, is hardly considered second best. Besides, there’s something old-fashioned and, in the South at least, nostalgic, about the blades of a ceiling fan rotating around and around. A porch seems incomplete without one.

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In the spring and fall months when the air outside is so pleasant that we just can’t get enough of it, using the ceiling fans inside as well as on the porch can help circulate fresh air into the house. I love days when I can open the windows and door to the porch, hear the birds and kids playing outside, and breathe in fresh air—not to mention that having neither the heat nor air conditioning running makes me a very happy person. Unfortunately, where I live in the South, these days are few so it is important to take advantage of each and every one of them.

When selecting a fan for an outdoor area, there are two types to consider: damp-rated and wet-rated. Fans that are damp-rated can go in a protected outdoor area which has a solid roof overhead.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

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One that is wet-rated can be used in any outdoor area. Although you will need a structure overhead on to which to attach the fan, it could be an open pergola or a beamed structure which does not keep all of the moisture off the fan.  In salt-water areas, it is recommended that the wet-area fan be used in any outdoor installation.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

In general, a ceiling fan to be used outside should be made of a weather-resistant material such as ABS plastic (resistant to temperature and atmospheric humidity), stainless steel, or resin. Hardware and metal (except for stainless steel) should be powder coated, and the motor casing must be water tight and sealed.

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If you are choosing a white ceiling fan, choose one which has UV protection. This will help maintain the white color and protect the finish from yellowing with exposure to the sun.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

In high wind areas, choose a uni-body style fan. In this style, the blades connect with the fan body as a unit, rather than as separate arms.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling FansFor maximum air circulation, the American Lighting Association recommends a blade pitch of 14 degrees and mounting the fan at least 7’ above the floor.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

Beyond that, choosing the design that is right for your outdoor space is a matter of personal taste, room style, and budget.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Ceiling Fans

With so many to choose from, there is no reason to think of a ceiling fan as just another fan. The right one can make an Outdoorlicious! statement in a room and enhance a design theme.
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Hi, I’m Dottie Reynolds, an interior designer, retail store owner, and outdoor living enthusiast. I love gardening, cooking, reading, travel, House Hunters International on HGTV, animals, entertaining, and spending as much time outside on my porch, deck, or patio as I possibly can. Outdoorlicious is the word that came to me when I created my blog in March, 2010. The word embodies the way I feel about the importance of outdoor living and the influence it has on the way we live our lives. The desire to be outside at some point in our day, whether at home, traveling, or for a brief respite during a busy workday, reveals the need to embrace this lifestyle at every opportunity. Anything that takes us outside, fulfills our needs, creates a memory, or allows us to have fun or relax, is fair game for my Outdoorlicious! blog.