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What Should You Look for In an Outdoor Ceiling Fan?

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You must choose the right fan for your patio before ordering an outdoor ceiling fan

An outdoor ceiling fan may not be typical in most homes compared to indoor ceiling fans. However, you must choose the right fan for your patio before ordering an outdoor ceiling fan. Read on for more information before you determine a final decision.

Am I Able to Run an Indoor Ceiling Fan on My Patio?

First of all, you can’t just run any fan on a patio due to safety measures. Electricity and water don’t mix well, so you need to ensure there isn’t any improper electrical fixtures. In addition, wet-rated ceiling fans are ideal for outdoor installations due to rain and moisture produced by humidity.

What Are the Sizes for Outdoor Ceiling Fans?

Furthermore, an outdoor ceiling fan is sized based on the circle’s diameter developed by the spinning fan, or the blade sweep. Also, they are typically rated depending on the space they will occupy square footage. In addition, only measure the covered part of the entire patio if your patio extends beyond your covering.

Once you’ve confirmed the square footage of your patio area, you’ll be able to pinpoint the required blade sweep:

  • 0 – 75 square feet is 29 to 36”
  • 75 – 144 square feet is 36 to 42”
  • 144 – 225 square feet is 44”
  • Lastly, 225 to 400 square feet is 50-54”

Determining Your Outdoor Ceiling Fan Style

Just like indoor fans, there are various outdoor ceiling fan styles. Selecting the ideal fan style can complete your outdoor living space. For instance, you can choose between a leaf-shaped fan installed over your poolside pool or an industrial-style fan for a modern appearance.

Can an Outdoor Ceiling Fan Be Large for a Patio?

Moreover, a ceiling too big can make your patio seem smaller than it is. In contrast, a fan too large for the patio can create outdoor card games or barbecues unpleasant due to a downdraft.

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