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Advantages of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Are outdoor ceiling fans really worth installing? Ceiling fans are not just an excellent source of cooling indoors but can also provide the same benefits outdoors in areas like patios, porches, and pergolas. They are easy to install, provide a better throw of air, need little maintenance, and add to the charming look of our outdoor areas. Also, an outdoor ceiling fan keeps the flies and mosquitoes away as you enjoy its cool air, making your stay outdoors much more enjoyable.

However, there is an important consideration to note if you are planning to install a ceiling fan outdoors. The model of fan that is installed inside your home may not be a suitable for an outdoor installation. Ceiling fans for the outdoors are a different breed with motors and blades that are specifically designed to withstand moisture, rust, and other forces of nature that may cause issues with their running and performance. 

What are the advantages of outdoor ceiling fans?

Easy alternative to air conditioning

Ceiling fans provide a great alternative for your outdoor space where air conditioning cannot be installed. While an outdoor ceiling fan won’t cool the air down like an air conditioner will, it will help you to feel cooler by creating a breeze, also known as “wind chill factor” that helps you feel cooler when the breeze hits your skin.

Outdoor ceiling fans are an easy alternative to air conditioning

Provide protection from bugs

Outdoor ceiling fans provide protection from flying bugs like mosquitoes and flies. The air movement created by the fan makes it difficult for bugs to fly through it, so helps keep them out of your patio or outdoor space, and away from you!

Cooling and Lighting

Just like their indoor counterparts, outdoor ceiling fans are also available in versions with light. And, just like indoor fans, this can be handy if you are installing in an outdoor area where other forms of lighting might cause a strobe effect as your fan turns past say downlights, for instance. Having a fan and light in one can help avoid, and allow you to enjoy your outdoor space long after the sun has gone down.

Outdoor ceiling fans can provide cooling and lighting

Providing a design element

An outdoor ceiling fan is definitely a practical installation, but it can also add a unique design element to your outdoor space. The range of outdoor ceiling fans now available means you get to choose based on function and design to enhance the look and feel of your outdoor space.

Creating a connection between your indoor and outdoor spaces

Not only does an outdoor ceiling fan create a space that is useful, functional, and enjoyable to be in, it can help create a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor spaces, something that has become a core part of Australian home design. Adding a cooling element to your outdoor space helps to extend the experience inside your home, to the outdoors, and blend the two into a real indoor-outdoor space.

Outdoor ceiling fans create a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces

Construction specifically designed for outdoor use

It would be easy to assume that any ceiling fan can be installed either indoors or outdoors, particularly, if you are installing in a covered or enclosed area outside. This is not the case. Ceiling fans are designed and manufactured specifically for certain uses. While it isn’t necessarily something that is advantageous to having an outdoor fan, it is certainly an advantage for operation and longevity of your fan.

All outdoor fans have a rating based on where they are able to be installed. This rating is known as the IP rating. The IP (ingress protection) rating measures the level of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from things like dust and water.

When looking at installation of an outdoor ceiling fan, it is important to check the IP rating to make sure it is rated for the protection you require. Generally, for any outdoor fan installation, it is good to look for an IP rating of IP65 or higher.

A lot of ceiling fan manufacturers will also provide installation guidelines for outdoor use. Things like coastal rated, and installation in outdoor undercover areas, are common guidelines used if you feel like the technical side of IP ratings is not something you need to know!

Our best selling outdoor fans? Has to be the Aqua range from Hunter Pacific Ceiling Fans. The world’s first waterproof ceiling fan, it is specifically designed for outdoor use, and as a bonus, can be hosed clean!

If you would like to know more about outdoor ceiling fans, or would like to find out what fan might be right for your outdoor space, chat to the experts at Rovert Lighting & Electrical. We have a wide range of outdoor ceiling fan options to suit your needs, style and budget.

If you would like to read more about ceiling fans, you can download our Ultimate eGuide to Buying Ceiling Fans. It’s everything you ever need to know to find the right ceiling fans for your home. From size and blade type, to airflow, and motor type – get up to speed on all the fan-related things you need to consider for your home!

Advantages of Outdoor Ceiling Fans - Outdoor Ceiling Fans

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