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The most beautifully designed and furnished outdoor space is likely to go unused if it is too hot and uncomfortable to relax during the summer heat. An outdoor ceiling fan can help create a cool breeze in a large area or provide a bright light source with the added benefit of air circulation.
Indoor furniture doesn’t hold up to the elements when used outdoors, nor do indoor ceiling fans. Outdoor ceiling fans, wet-rated or damp-rated, are designed for better durability than their indoor counterparts. They are also designed to stand up to the elements without electrical failure safely. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is a Wet-Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan?
All ceiling fans – whether indoor or outdoor – have an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) rating that helps determine which to choose based on the intended location. Wet-rated ceiling fans are designed to stand up to direct exposure to the elements. Wet-rated ceiling fans increase air circulation on your patio, porch, or other outdoor areas and are weather-safe, even in the wind and rain.
I6 Outdoor Rated 72 Inch Ceiling Fan by Big Ass Fans
The beautiful view makes this porch a popular place to lounge in, highlighted by the stylish I6 Outdoor Rated 72 Inch Ceiling Fan by Big Ass Fans. A stunning centerpiece for conversation and a shining example of smart home integration and energy efficiency, this fan features aircraft-grade aluminum airfoils that deliver comfort for years without sagging or corroding.
Ceiling fans with lights allow you to get the most out of your outdoor space, the lights can be used year-round, even when no air movement is needed. Many styles come with integrated lighting or the option to add a light kit.
Vantage Outdoor Rated 66 Inch Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hinkley Lighting
It’s easy to imagine an informal summer dinner or sophisticated soiree under the light of the sleek Vantage Outdoor Rated 66 Inch Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hinkley Lighting. Wet-rated to withstand the elements, its modern industrial design and gently curved blades make a major aesthetic statement.
What Is the Difference between Damp-Rated and Wet-Rated Fans?
As the name implies, damp-rated ceiling fans are for use in areas such as covered outdoor patios, porches, and more, where they are likely to be exposed to moisture. But, they should never be used where they could be directly rained on. Wet-rated ceiling fans are excellent choices for exposed patios or open verandas. Wet- and damp-rated fans can be used indoors and often are in damp climates or homes designed for open indoor/outdoor living.
Patricia 52 Inch Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Matthews Fan Company
A pair of Patricia 52 Inch Ceiling Fans with Light Kit by Matthews Fan Company effortlessly cool this stone-lined patio with subtle style. They seamlessly blend innovation with refined design, belying their robust construction as they efficiently circulate air with barely a whisper.
Lakemont 52” Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hunter Fan by Hunter Fan
Fashion and function come together with style Lakemont 52” Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hunter Fan by Hunter Fan. Its soft lines and wood grain blade detailing are ideal for casual, modern spaces. It comes with the SureSpeed Guarantee, delivering the cooling expected from a high-velocity fan.
What Makes a Ceiling Fan Outdoor Rated?
Outdoor-rated ceiling fans need to be able to handle the elements, whether in damp climates or full-on rain. They require weather-protected components with high UL listed ratings and the efficiency to circulate enough air for cooling. These components not only ensure they are safe and durable but also that they can do the job. Although outdoor-rated fans can be used indoors, indoor-rated fans should never be used outdoors since even the smallest amount of moisture reaching the motor will cause the fan to cease working much sooner than it should. And it could lead to a dangerous situation.
Odyn Custom Outdoor Rated Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Fanimation
Modern, powerful, and controllable by smartphone, what could be better in this covered patio than the Odyn Custom Outdoor Rated Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Fanimation? Its commanding presence is a striking addition to this bold design and is sure to wow. The unusual nine-blade design improves airflow as it adds to the aesthetics.
What Is the Best-Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan?
Quiet, unobtrusive, and energy-efficient ceiling fans can be an excellent addition to practically any outdoor area. Depending on your preference, they can be low-profile or a design feature in their own right. Whether looking to create a cool breeze or a light source with the added benefit of air circulation, there are many fans to choose from. Beyond size and ceiling height, persona preference and style are the main considerations.
Havoc Outdoor Rated 54 Inch Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hunter Fan
Creating a high contrast that puts the finishing touches on this outdoor space, the Havoc Outdoor Rated 54 Inch Ceiling Fan with Light Kit by Hunter Fan is the epitome of modern style and sleek design. Large outdoor verandas and porches need fans large enough to cool the entire area, and this trio does precisely that.
Spitfire Ceiling Fan by Fanimation
A gorgeous view, comfortable seating, and Spitfire Ceiling Fan by Fanimation makes for a delightful place to relax and refresh at the end of the day. This versatile fan is completely customizable with rich finish options, blade sweep, and LED light kit. This makes it easy to add a unique flair to any porch, patio, balcony, veranda, or pergola.