Adding a Ceiling Fan to Your Patio or Deck
Where Can an Outside Fan Go?
You can install a ceiling fan in just about any area outside that has some type of covering. Even if that covering isn’t a solid covering – such as lattice – as long as there’s enough support for the weight of the fan and you install the proper wiring, you can install an outside Wet rated fan. Since these fans are made specifically for areas like this, they can stand up to adverse and extreme weather conditions without an damaging consequences. I highly recommend buying a Wet rated fan, if you have any doubts about whether the area is exposed to any type of wetness.
Wet Rated Versus Damp Rated Ceiling Fans
Any fan listed as being an outdoor fan, will also be labeled with either a UL listing with a damp or wet rating. When you wire your outside for a ceiling fan, you must meet the safety codes in your area. It has to have the correct UL listing for the area it’ll be installed.
If the area is directly exposed to rain then there’s no doubt you need a fan with a wet UL listing. This is true for uncovered areas, partially covered areas, or areas that could be reached by sprinklers which could blow in from your garden or yard and hit the fan.
If you are confident the area will never be reached by water, that the covering or roof is secure, then you can install quiet bathroom fan classified as damp rated. This type is made to stand up to the extreme temperatures but isn’t water proof like the fans classified as wet. If water gets into the motor casing, then there is risk of fire and your fan will likely be ruined.
Are Outdoor Ceiling Fans Really Safe?
Outdoor fans have to undergo rigorous testing to see whether they meet the high standards of quality and safety required by outdoor fan manufacturers. Mixing electricity and water is dangerous and an inferior fan could be a fire danger. The fans must be built to last and be safe in all types of weather.
These fans need to be able to handle extreme temperatures and sudden changes in temperature without having it affect the unit negatively.
Outdoor fans come in two categories – that is wet and damp. Wet rated fans are the sturdiest. They are water proof and safe for installing in areas exposed to rain. You can even clean them by hosing them down with some water. The other category is damp. If you plan on stalling the fan in a dry area that will never be touched by any moisture, then this maybe the right fit for your need. It can handle the temperature changes but not direct exposure to moisture.
Outdoor Styles to Choose From
You may think that your selection will be limited when it comes to outdoor fans. We know that people are more likely to buy or install indoor fans so that’s definitely the larger of the two markets.
The truth is, you’ll be nicely surprised to find a nice large variety of outdoor fans at your disposal. Manufacturers see the plus side of making wet and damp rated outdoor ceiling fans attractive. They can also be easily installed indoors. They are perfectly safe and functional installed indoors.
The most popular of all styles is the Tropical ceiling fan design. This usually gives off an ambience of white island beaches and drinks with little umbrellas. The tropical fans sometimes have extra wide paddles. They actually look like roundish handheld fans. They are typically offered in light and beige colors. Some of the styles are made from natural materials like bamboo or wicker but if the fan is expected to stand up to water, the material will likely be plastic or resin.