If you are looking to buy an outdoor ceiling fan for your home or commercial space, there’s an overwhelming range out there. From the size and specifications to features, it is easy to get lost and confused. So, the easiest way out of this confusion is to understand a few basic things before you set out to shortlist and buy an outdoor ceiling fan.
There are some key considerations to keep in mind based on the location and availability of space, required features, and what you want it terms of design and aesthetics. Let us take a look at some of them:
Location and Environment of the Area
All outdoor fans have a rating based on where they will be installed: damp-rated and wet-rated. Damp-rated fans are installed outdoors but under some kind of roof or shelter so that they are not directly exposed to rain. Wet-rated fans can be installed both where they are exposed to rain or under roof where they are exposed to dampness rather than direct rainwater.
Similarly, if you live in a coastal area, your fan will be exposed to wind and salty air. The former can sway, bend, or break the blades when the winds are high while the latter encourages rusting and corrosion in fans. For such locations, you will need a damp-rated fan which will prevent the fan blades and motor from rusting.
Ceiling to Floor Specifications
The location where the fan will be installed should have an appropriate ceiling height from the floor. This will also help you ascertain if you need an additional downrod for your fan.
- In most Australian homes, and as per building regulations, the minimum distance between the floor and the fan should be 2.1 metres.
- The fan should hang at least 0.30 metres from the ceiling.
- The blade tip of the fan should be at least 0.60 metres from the nearest wall.
Size of the Fan
There is a certain amount of flexibility you can exercise when determining the size of the fan to install. A standard ceiling fan is about 132 centimetres in diameter. There are fans that are slightly smaller or bigger than this and the area where the fan will be installed will determine the correct size of the fan to be installed.
If the fan will be installed directly above the sitting area, the standard 132 centimetres fan will suffice. If it is to be installed slightly towards the corner, then choose a bigger size as the larger blades will be able to circulate the air far and wide. If the area is larger, then you might consider installing two fans that are smaller than the standard 132 centimetres.
Colour, Style, and Material
Now that you’ve figured out the space and size, it is time to consider the design and aesthetics. After all, the fan must match, to the extent possible, the decor of the area where it is to be installed.
- Colour: If you are looking to match the fan with the ceiling, a solid colour which closely blends with the colour of your ceiling is recommended. If your outdoor area is a mix of different colours and combinations, you can choose a bold colour that complements the look of your outdoors.
- Style and Lighting: If your outdoor area could do with some lighting in the evening, consider a fan with a light. There’s a wide range to choose from. When selecting fans with lighting, choose ones that come with LED lights as they are energy-efficient and low-maintenance. Also, for convenience, choose a fan that comes with a remote control to control the flow of air as well as degree of light.
- Material: Choose fans that are either made of aluminium or stainless steel. While both materials make good ceiling fans, aluminium fans require slightly less maintenance.
Armed with this information, you will be able to make an informed decision about which outdoor ceiling fan will work out best for your patio or deck. It is an investment that will pay you back for a long time to come.