18 Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans For All Spaces

Outdoor ceiling fans are all the rage now. Since there are hundreds of models to choose from, I decided to make that task easier for you. Here I am listing the top 18 outdoor ceiling fans for you;

Ceiling Fan ModelMaximum Airflow
Casa Delta-Wing4326 CFM
Harbor Breeze Twin4450 CFM
Harbor Breeze Merrimack5188 CFM
Hunter Fan Company Builder Elite4999 CFM
Emerson Tilo2278 CFM
Emerson Curva4280 CFM
Emerson CF765BQ7579 CFM
Monte Carlo Maverick8244 CFM
Hunter Sea Wind4072 CFM
Minka-Aire Classica6313 CFM
Emerson Batalie Breeze5255 CFM
Westinghouse Brentford4522 CFM
Hunter Biscayne6239 CFM
28″ Inch Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Quorum International3690 CFM
Kensgrove Espresso10484 CFM
Minka-Aire Sunseeker6700 CFM
Home Decorators Collection Palm Cove4359 CFM
A quick comprison of top outdoor ceiling fans
A patio ceiling fan
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1. 52″ Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Specifications:

  • Speeds – 3 Speeds
  • Wattage – 58 W
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Remote control
  • CFM: 4326 CFM

Casa VieJa Delta is a damp-rated outdoor fan that features a modern minimalistic wooden design. With three propeller blades, a 9-degree blade pitch, and an oil-rubbed bronze finish motor Casa Veija Delta is a good mix of both style and functionality.

It moves a lot of air and makes any outdoor/indoor environment pleasant.  You can toggle the speed of the fan between low, medium, and high. Most people set it on either a medium or a high setting unless they live in a cold region.

The fan operates quietly, and there is no wobbling at both low and medium speeds. It wobbles slightly at high speed when there is a breeze outdoors, but that is nothing to worry about.

If you’re looking for a mix of both style and utility, then Casa Vieja Delta is the best outdoor ceiling fan for you.

Pros:

  • Stylish design, my personal favorite
  • The warranty covers components as well

Cons:

  • Not suitable for open outdoor spaces (damp rated)

2. Harbor Breeze Twin

Specifications

  • Speeds – 3 Speeds
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 74″
  • Style –Twin
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Wall control
  • CFM – 4450

The Twin Breeze Outdoor ceiling fan by Harbor Breeze is a set of two fans packed in one setup, each having its own motor. This outdoor ceiling fan comes with a luminous light kit that adds to the aesthetics of the fan. Depending on the preferences of the buyer, the light kit may or may not be used. It comes with a cover, so you can mount the Twin breeze easily without using the light kit.

The blades are short, but they’re designed to look excellent on a porch. This outdoor ceiling fan is rated for both indoor and outdoor use. However, based on user experience, I recommend not using this fan in places with direct exposure to rain or snow. Use it as you would use a damp-rated fan, and it will last you for years.

The fans circulate the air quite well, and they can be run in both directions depending on the season. Twin Breeze operates with the minimum wobble. You can use it in 3-speed settings: Low, Medium, and high speed.

Twin Breeze can be noisy when used at high speed. However, you can quiet it down if you use it in medium or low settings.

Due to the unique design, this fan can be difficult to install for an average person. If you plan to install this yourself; read the instructions twice, it won’t seem so difficult anymore. The manufacturers have provided clear instructions that are easy to understand. It is recommended that you install the blades before you mount the fan. This will save you from a lot of frustration. The lights can be installed easily even after the fan has been mounted.

Overall, Twin Breeze by Harbor Breeze is a real bargain when you consider all its features and unique design. Whether you use it indoors or outdoors, Twin Breeze is sure to get you a lot of compliments from your friends and family.

Pros:

  • A unique design
  • Suitable for large outdoor areas
  • A cover to replace the light kit
  • The warranty covers components as well

Cons:

  • Damp-rated
  • Airflow is not enough to cover a large area

3. Harbor Breeze Merrimack Antique Ceiling Fan

Harbor Breeze Merrimack Antique Ceiling Fan
  • Speeds – 3 Speeds
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 52″
  • Style –Antique
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Remote control
  • CFM – 5188

If you’re looking for an antique-style outdoor ceiling fan, then Merrimack Fan is definitely worth consideration. The fan is wet-rated; however, it has been known to cause problems after pro-longed use in direct exposure environments. On the other hand, it works quite well in covered outdoors or damp environments.

It comes with a simple dimmer that you can use to toggle between slow, medium, and high speed. This outdoor ceiling fan comes with a remote that can be programmed to be used with multiple Merrimack fans of the same model.  It comes with a light fixture having two bulbs. The bulbs provide sufficient light to find your way around the room. The brightness of these lights can be controlled by the remote.

Merrimack is easy to assemble and install. They come with clear instructions that are easy to implement. These outdoor ceiling fans come with a 6 inch down rod. However, if you want, you can purchase longer down rods as well. The wiring that comes with the fans is long enough to accommodate rod sizes longer than 6 inches.

This fan is good at moving air, and it doesn’t make any extra noise during operation. In addition, it comes with a reversible motor, so it can rotate both ways. Overall, if you’re looking for an antique fan for your porch, you should definitely consider buying Merrimack.

Pros:

  • Stylish design, comes with a light kit

Cons:

  • Not recommended for wet areas

4. Hunter Fan Company Builder Elite Ceiling Fan

Hunter Fan Company Builder Elite Ceiling Fan

Specifications:

  • Speeds – Variable Speeds
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 52″
  • Style –Rustic
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Wall control
  • CFM – 4999

This Huner fan is one of the most popular outdoor fans you can buy.

The Builder Elite outdoor fan comes in a traditional design featuring a quiet motor, a variety of finishes, and moderate power. In addition, the fan is damp-rated, which makes it suitable for both indoor and covered outdoor environments.

Builder Elite features a reversible motor that can be switched from downdraft mode in summers to updraft mode in winters. It is a nice fan for antique or cabin-styled homes. It is very quiet. However, on the downside, it does not push as much air at high speed as most other outdoor ceiling fans do at the same price. Nevertheless, it’s suitable for use in places with a cool or moderate climate.

The installation of Builder Elite is easy, and it comes with clear instructions that are easy to follow. Besides, the fans come with two down rods of different lengths so that you can install them according to your preference. Overall, if you’re looking for a classy fan for your porch with moderate power, the Builder Elite is definitely worth a look.

Pros:

  • Highly energy-efficient fan with an airflow rating of 94 CFM/W.
  • Classic design
  • Quiet operation

Cons:

  • Not suitable for open outdoor spaces

5. Emerson Tilo Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Emerson Tilo Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Specifications:

  • Speeds – 4 Speeds
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 30″
  • Style – Modern
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Wall control
  • CFM – 2278

This is one of the best mini outdoor ceiling fans I have come across. This is a nice little fan that is best in terms of reviews and sales. And it is not surprising either because though small, this 4-speed fan moves 2278 cfm of air. It is also whisper quiet.

It offers a dual mount feature that allows standard installation with a downrod and a flush mount installation. Its oiled bronze finish is a great match for modern as well as contemporary houses.

The Emerson Tilo fan will make a great addition to your bathroom, porch, or any other outdoor area that requires a super-small fan.

Pros:

  • Blades and components are covered under warranty
  • Quiet operation
  • Downrod and flush-mount installation option

Cons:

  • Damp rated
  • Not very energy efficient (Airflow Efficiency is only 54 CFM/W)

6. Emerson Curva 44″ Ceiling Fan With Remote

Emerson Curva 44" Ceiling Fan With Remote
  • Speeds – 6 Speeds
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 44″
  • Style – Modern
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Remote control
  • CFM – 4280

Again, one of my choices is from the brand Emersion. Emerson Curva is a trendy and reliable fan that people buy without a second thought. It is basically a bigger and better version of the ‘Emerson Tilo’ counterpart.

As you can see from the picture, it comes with a light fixture; with 2x 50W halogen bulbs. The fan is wet-rated, which means you can use it in places like open gazebos and pergolas where it may come with direct contact with water.

This fan also has a reverse flow feature which allows it to run clockwise. This is a useful feature for winter to keep the room warmer by distributing warm air near the ceiling.

This fan is an excellent choice for small areas upto 144 sq.ft size.

Pros:

  • Also available in 52-inch blade span
  • 6-speed settings are not common
  • Wet rated for use in open ceiling outdoor areas.
  • Good warranty
  • Energy efficient with 87 CFM/W
  • Comes with a cover to replace the light kit

Cons:

  • A bit noisy when compared to some other models

7. Emerson CF765BQ Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Specifications:

  • Speeds – 4 Speeds
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 60″
  • Style – Contemporary
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1-year components
  • Control – Wall control, remote control adaptable
  • CFM – 7579

This is a great outdoor ceiling fan for covering a large area. It is very energy efficient and has an Airflow Efficiency rating of 115 CFM/W, which is probably the second highest among the fans on this list. It features 3 blades with a varying pitch and drives airflow of up to 7500 CFM. This fan can be controlled by a wall regulator as well as a remote control system that’s sold separately. The industrial style look of this fan is perfect for both outdoor home settings and closed spaces. This fan is a perfect fit for outdoor spaces where it does not come in contact with water (it’s damp rated).

Pros:

  • Energy Star rated energy efficiency with 115 CFM/W rating
  • Powerful performance at 4-speeds
  • Good warranty coverage.
  • Available in 3 finishes

Cons:

  • Not fit for open ceiling outdoor areas

8. Monte Carlo 3MAVR60BK Maverick Ceiling Fan With Remote, 60-Inch, Matte Black With Dark Walnut Blades

Monte Carlo 3MAVR60BK Maverick Ceiling Fan With Remote, 60-Inch, Matte Black With Dark Walnut Blades

Specifications:

  • Speeds – 6 Speeds
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 60″
  • Style – Transitional
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year components
  • Control – Remote control
  • CFM – 8244

This is one of my favorite fans, and so I chose it as the best outdoor ceiling fan with a remote without any second thoughts. This fan looks stunning and looks awesome under a white or a light-colored ceiling. Its hand-carved, salsa wooden blades create a special appeal to this fan. Though the fan blades are made of wood, it comes with a damp rating, meaning you can use this in covered outdoor areas like gazebos and porches. The fan control includes a 6-speed remote control that also has the option to reverse the direction of rotation of the fan. For the other fan models listed on this list this reversal has to be done by toggling a switch on the fan.

Overall this is a fine specimen of art. Besides, it delivers an airflow of 8244 at its highest speed. Packed with awesome power this is a good fit for any large, covered outdoor area.

In addition to all its great features, this fan comes with an excellent energy efficiency rating of 231 CFM/W!

Pros:

  • Excellent energy efficiency
  • Available in five sizes
  • A unique design.

Cons:

This fan is damp rated, so it is not suitable for open and wet outdoor areas.

9. Hunter Sea Wind 53118 Ceiling Fan

Hunter Sea Wind 53118 Ceiling Fan

Specifications:

  • Speeds – Variable Speed
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 48″
  • Style – Casual
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty 
  • Control – Wall switch control
  • CFM – 4072

This is a low-profile/flush mount outdoor ceiling fan with a variable wall switch control. In addition, it also has a pull chain to switch it on/off.

With its 48″ blade span, it can deliver 4000+ cfm of air. The fan’s motor is reversible, so you can run it in both directions. Besides, it has an airflow efficiency rating of 90 CFM/W which is pretty good.

This fan is damp rated, so it shouldn’t come in direct contact with water. However, it is an excellent choice for covered outdoor areas like patios and pergolas. Its flush-mount design makes it a suitable fan for rooms with ceilings less than 9 feet tall.

Pros:

  • Flush mount design allows for installation in small heights.
  • An energy-efficient fan.

Cons:

  • This fan is damp rated so it cannot be used in places where comes in direct contact with rain water.
  • The warranty could be better.

10. Minka-Aire F659-BCW, Classica, 54″ Ceiling Fan, Belcaro Walnut

Minka-Aire F659-BCW, Classica, 54" Ceiling Fan, Belcaro Walnut

Specifications:

  • Speeds – 3 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 54″
  • Style – Traditional
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty 
  • Control – Wall switch control, pull chain
  • CFM – 6313

This is a is a good looking, 3 -speed ceiling fan that has flows a maximum of 6313 CFM of air at its maximum speed. It has an airflow efficiency of 83 CFM/W; this means that the fan is energy efficient.

Its blade span is 54″ making it suitable for large rooms. The wide blades also help to drive a more uniform flow of air throughout the room. It uses a reversible motor which comes in handy during winter and summer seasons.

This fan has an old-world design with 5 good-looking blades. Its housing has an art-like decoration that looks good in a rustic or contemporary setting. You can also make this fan work with voice assistants like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. The fan doesn’t come with a wall switch or a remote control but they can be bought separately. But it does come with a pulldown switch which is convenient in outdoor spaces like a patio.

Pros:

  • Quiet operation
  • Suitable to be used in open ceiling areas
  • Compatible with voice assistants like Google Home and Alexa

Cons:

  • warranty doesn’t cover any components of the fan other than the motor.

11. Emerson CF621VNB Batalie Breeze

Emerson CF621VNB Batalie Breeze

Specifications

  • Speeds – 3 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 52″
  • Style – Tropical
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 1 year warranty for components
  • Control – Wall switch control, pull chain
  • CFM – 5255

This is a lovely tropical styled outdoor fan suitable for tropical houses. One speciality of this fan is that it is made suitable for coastal areas.

Outdoor ceiling fans are designed to withstand moisture. However, most of them are not tolerant of salty moisture. Therefore, it isn’t easy to find a fan suitable for coastal areas. But the Emerson Batalie Breeze is an ideal choice for this. It has weather-resistant wicker leaf blades which don’t corrode under the saltwater influence.

It also has a large blade span and 5 palm-leaf blades that can move 5000+ CFM of air. It is quiet and comes under a decent warranty period.

If you are looking for a good outdoor ceiling fan for coastal areas this is definitely a good choice.

Pros:

  • Suitable for coastal areas
  • A unique tropical design
  • Energy efficient
  • Wet rated for outdoor use.

Cons:

  • No notable cons

12. Westinghouse Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Westinghouse Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Specifications

  • Speeds – Variable Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 52″
  • Style – Rustic
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty + 2 year warranty for components
  • Control – Wall switch control
  • CFM – 4522

Westinghouse Brentford is another energy efficient outdoor fan in my list with an efficiency rating of 80 CFM/W. This is a wet rated fan, meaning it is rated to come in direct contact with water, which makes it ideal for open outdoor spaces. The highly efficent motor of this fan can drive 4522 CFM of air at its highest speed.

The fan has a blade span of 52 inches. Its blades are made of high-quality ABS, and they have a walnut finish which makes them gorgeous in any outdoor setting. This fan also has a light that includes 3 candle-like LED bulbs with seeded glass that provides an excellent ambiance for your evenings.

Like all other fans listed here, thisfan is reversible, it can rotate in both directions which help to cool and heat the room based on what season you are living in.

You can also install this fan without using the downrod extension that comes with it; this is an excellent option for low-ceiling rooms.

Overall this is a really good choice for any open, wet areas like a pergola, patio or an open gazebo.

Pros:

  • A very unique design that stands out
  • Also suitable for low ceiling rooms
  • Wet rated for outdoor use
  • The light kit looks very nice

Cons:

  • Low airflow rates and energy-efficiency compared to many other fans in the segment

13. Hunter Biscayne 54″ Weathered Zinc Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Hunter Biscayne 54" Weathered Zinc Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Specifications

  • Speeds – Variable Speed
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 54″
  • Style – Rustic
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Wall switch control + pull chain
  • CFM – 6239

This is a popular outdoor ceiling fan from Hunter. This 54″ fan is capable of moving 6000+ CFM of air without any difficulty. It also comes with two pull chains which are used to switch it on/off, and also for easy controlling of speeds. It uses a variable speed control which is wall mounted.

The motor reverse mechanism allows you to get updraft and downdraft air circulation suitable for winter and summer. The fan is also super quiet due to the specialty of its design. It comes with two downrods with lengths 2 and 3 inches to optimize for proper distance from the ground.

This is a good-looking fan for all your covered outdoor areas. So whether it is a pool house, gazebo, or solar room, this is the best outdoor ceiling fan you can bet on.

Pros:

  • Excellent airflow makes it suitable for large rooms

Cons:

  • Suitable only for covered outdoor areas.

14. 28″ Inch Outdoor Ceiling Fan

28 inch fan

Specifications

  • Speeds – Variable Speed
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade Span – 28″
  • Style – Traditional
  • Warranty – 1 year
  • Control – Wall switch control
  • CFM – NA
  • Recommended for: Garage

This is the cheapest outdoor fan on this list. This is a made-in-China product that any popular brands do NOT sell. I don’t have hands-on experience with this fan. soI don’t know how reliable it is in the long term.

But it is surprisingly cheap and wet rated too in different online marketplaces. I went through several reviews to confirm that my pick is a good one.

It doesn’t have any fancy features. Its blades are flexible and plastc. It doesn’t mention warranty specifically but I came to know the seller offers a 1 year warranty. (It comes with a spare blade, that’s a plus).

Compared to the other fans on this list, this one is small. While this is not a great fan in terms of looks, I think this probably is the most value-for-money fan you can buy. If you are looking to buy a garage fan, this is an excellent choice.

Pros:

  • An excellent fan for garage
  • Cheaper than most other fans.

Cons:

  • The build quality is not that good

15. Quorum International 30-Inch Ceiling Fan

Specifications

  • Speeds – 3 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 30″
  • Style – Traditional
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Wall switch
  • CFM – 3690
  • Recommended for: Porches

Good looks, quiet operation and decent amount of air flow. These are the highlights of this outdoor fan.

It has 6 wooden blades with walnit finish. It is ideal for small spaces where looks are important too.

Its motor can reverse its direction to avail both updraft and downdraft air movements. You can also optionally add a remote control in addition to the wall switch that comes with it. I wish it had a pull chain control as well, which would be more convenient and make it look cooler too.

This fan has a blade span of 30 inches. So this is a small-sized fan. It is suitable for small outdoor spaces, even for those exposed to rain and snow (this fan is wet rated). I think a porch would be the best place to hang this! The fan’s motor comes with a limited lifetime warranty, but unfortunately, its other parts, like its blades, are not covered under it.

Pros:

  • Good looks
  • Suitable for small spaces
  • Wet rated for rain and snow

Cons:

  • Not very energy efficient (Airflow Efficiency is 62 CFM/W)
  • Warranty is not good enough

16. Kensgrove 72 In. LED Indoor/Outdoor Espresso Bronze Ceiling Fan By Home Decorators Collection

Specifications

  • Speeds –9 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 72″
  • Style – Modern
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Remote
  • CFM – 10484

This Kensgrove fan is a large, 8 bladed machine with 9 different speed settings. It has a blade span of 72 inches. At its highest speed, it delivers a CFM of 10484.

Do not let the large size of the fan fool you for its energy expense; this is a very efficient, Energy Star rated fan. Also, the higher number of blades not only gives it a unique look but also runs it whisper quiet.

The design of this fan is straightforward and modern. Its blades are made of maple wood. It has an attractively dome-style light kit, a 14 Watt warm light, that works independently.

It comes with a remote control, so it is easy to control its speed while conveniently relaxing on your chair. The remote control also controls the fan’s light kit; it helps to dim the light to suit the room’s ambiance.

In addition to its large span, this fan is wet-rated. So, you can use it in outdoor areas with open ceilings. If you are looking for a large, Energy Star rated, wet rated outdoor ceiling fan, the Kensgrove fan is an excellent choice.

Pros:

  • A large fan
  • Quiet operation
  • Energy Star rated
  • High airflow
  • Wet rated

Cons:

Warranty could be better

17. Minka-Aire F532-ORB Sunseeker 60″ Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Specifications

  • Speeds – 3 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 60″
  • Style – Traditional
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Wall switch, Pull chain
  • CFM – 6700

Minka Sunseeker, with its dark, oil-rubber bronze color, is a good example of traditional design. The design may look simple, but it has a certain appeal to it. The mounting has an antique-style design, and so are the blades.

This is a larger version of the Minka fan mentioned some points above. It comes with a pull chain, five blades, and a reversible motor. The fan has a span of 60 inches and a flow rate of 6700 CFM, which makes it ideal for large outdoor spaces. In addition, this fan is wet rated, meaning it can be exposed to rain and snow. It also scores 98CFM/W in airflow efficiency which is great!

If you are looking for a traditional style design that will look great in modern, rustic, or traditional settings, then this is the best outdoor ceiling fan you should buy.

Pros:

  • Good airflow rate
  • Snow and water-resistant construction
  • Highly efficient

Cons:

  • Warranty doesn’t cover anything other than the fan’s motor

18. Home Decorators Collection Palm Cove 44 In. LED Indoor/Outdoor Natural Iron Ceiling Fan With Light Kit

Home Decorators Collection Palm Cove 44 In. LED Indoor/Outdoor Natural Iron Ceiling Fan With Light Kit

Specifications

  • Speeds – 3 Speed
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade Span – 44″
  • Style – Tropical
  • Warranty – Limited Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Control – Pull chain
  • CFM – 4359

This medium-sized, 5 bladed fan is exactly the right kind of fan for your tropical hangout. It has soothing palm leaf-like blades with a teak finish. The mounting is natural iron finished. It also has a light kit with two 9.5W LED bulbs.

The blades are made of ABS (A kind of durable plastic). They are easy to install as they just snap into place. Also, you don’t have to worry about the blades corroding in the salty air conditions of a coastal area. The fan has an overall blade span of 44 inches, which is sort of the right size for an outdoor area. It also moves plenty of air, 4359 CFM, for its size.

The pull chain allows easy control of the 3-speed fan. The fan is also reversible, so it can also run in the clockwise direction for facilitating updraft wind. But I think that’s irrelevant in the case of a tropical home.

It comes with a tri-mount installation system so you can install this fan really close to the ceiling or far from it or even at an agnle. You can also optionally buy an extended rod for high ceilings.

The fan is wet rated, so it will last long even if it is constantly exposed to water. Overall, this is a good choice for a tropical home.

Pros:

  • Suitable for coastal areas
  • Wet rated to withstand snow and water
  • tri-mount installation

Cons:

  • No remote control option
  • The warranty could have been better

Things To Consider To Choose The Best Ceiling Fan For Outdoors

Several factors determine the kind of fan that is required at your home. Following are some considerations that will help you simplify the process of buying an outdoor ceiling fan:

1. Usage Location: Wet vs damp

Location is an important determinant in finding the type of outdoor ceiling fan that you will need. Indoor and outdoor fans are quite different from each other.  The fans that are used indoors are usually dry rated. If Indoor fans are used outside, they may get damaged due to corrosion. The ceiling fans used outdoors have additional layers of protection to prevent corrosion and damage due to exposure. Before you go out to buy the fan, ask yourself where you will be using the fan.

Will you be using the fan in a covered outdoor location or an uncovered deck or patio? If you’re using the fan in a covered outdoor location, then buy a damp rated fan.  A damp-rated fan is suitable for locations where there is indirect exposure to precipitation. In other words, it operates well in damp environments.

However, if you plan to install the ceiling fan in a location that may receive direct exposure to moisture such as snow and rain, get a wet rated ceiling fan. Wet-rated ceiling fans are built with proper insulation that prevents them from corroding in wet weather conditions outdoors.

2. Ceiling Fans Lights

Ceiling fans come with or without light fixtures. The choice to get light fixtures or not depends completely on your personal preferences. If you plan to place the fan in a location that is already lighted well, then it is recommended to get a fan without light fixtures as that will be less expensive than getting a fan with light fixtures. It also depends upon on your aesthetic preferences. Some people choose to buy ceiling fans with light fixtures because it looks better.

Ceiling fans come with three types of Light Fixtures: fluorescent, LED, and Halogen.

3. Outdoor Ceiling Fans Styles

The style of your ceiling fan should complement the decor of your house. Ceiling fans come in many different sizes. Following are some of the most popular ceiling fan designs and styles available in the market:

  • Contemporary Ceiling Fans And Designs:

Contemporary ceiling fans feature a minimalistic design. They’re built with a smooth metallic finish that complements the style of most modern homes. Use these fans in locations that have a minimalistic design featuring casual contemporary furniture and sleek geometric designs.  Hunter sea air is an excellent example of a contemporary ceiling fan that adds more style to any modern home.

  • Antique Ceiling Fan Designs

Antique-style ceiling fans are designed for homes that feature an antique or traditional look. These fans feature carvings and traditional designs on the fan blades and body. These fans often come with warm globe light fixtures to enhance the antique look. Antique ceiling fans are great for vintage enthusiasts. You can use them in cabins, outdoor patios, guest houses, and other locations that feature a traditional design.

  • Rustic Ceiling Fans

Rustic Ceiling Fans work well with country decor featuring wooden furniture and lodge-style decor. If you want to give your home a feel of a western interior, rustic fans will be a perfect addition to your home. Pair it up with other accessories in the house, such as handmade baskets, carved figurines, pottery, and other such items to enhance the appeal.

  • Tropical Ceiling Fans

As the name suggests, Tropical ceiling fans complement a tropical house décor. These fans come in various tropical blade designs featuring bamboo, wood, and other such island themes. Tropical Ceiling Fans are popular in vacation homes, tropical hotels, and other such areas.

4. Ceiling Fan Finishes And Colors

The finish or color of your fan should complement the colors of the room or patio that it is installed in. A common practice is that the finish of your fan should match the most common color in the room furniture or hardware.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between outdoor ceiling fans and indoor ceiling fans?

Outdoor ceiling fans are designed to operate in harsher environments compared to indoor ceiling fans. Outdoor fans and indoor fans are different in their construction, design, and features as well. Most outdoor fans are constructed with ABS plastic to withstand corrosion. The housing of these fans is built with galvanized aluminum or steel. The components of the fan are then coated to prevent corrosion from moisture penetration. Depending upon the fan ratings, they can operate in direct or indirect exposure to precipitation or humidity.

Indoor fans are not designed to withstand moisture and other corrosive elements. You cannot use them outside. But you can use an outdoor fan inside.

What are the different ratings of fans?

There are three different types of ratings of fans:  Dry rated fans, damp rated fans and wet rated fans.

Dry Rated Fans: This is the rating that is given to indoor fans. Dry rated fans are highly sensitive to corrosion due to moisture penetration. They should only be used in dry indoor locations.

Damp Rated Fans:  Damp rated fans are ideal for locations that receive indirect moisture exposure such as covered patios or indoor locations near bathroom or kitchen. 

Wet Rated Fans: Wet Rated Fans are heavy duty fans that are designed to work even under conditions of direct exposure to rain or snow. They’re a great option for all exposed outdoor locations such as decks or gazeebos.

Why do I need an outdoor ceiling fan for a covered outdoor location?

The chances of direct exposure to moisture happening in a covered outdoor location such as a patio are minimal. However, we still need an outdoor ceiling fan because of the humidity in the air. A dry-rated indoor unit may corrode or burn out due to the humidity in the air. Therefore it is recommended to use outdoor ceiling fans, even in covered patios.

Where should I use an Outdoor Fan?

An Outdoor fan may be used in several outdoor locations such as your patio, deck, garage, or even your sunroom. Outdoor Ceiling fans are a great addition to your outdoor set up as they’re both useful and stylish. Having an outdoor fan will help you keep the outdoor space cool and pleasant.

How many blades are best?

Generally, 3 blades are considered to be good. However, they can sometimes become hard to balance. 5 blade fans are generally more popular than 3 blade fans.

Can I stain / paint my own set of blades?

The blades of the fans are specifically balanced for the ceiling fans that they work with. If you try to paint your own set of blades, you may risk upsetting the balance between the blades and the ceiling fans. Therefore, it is not recommended that you try to paint your blades yourself. Always contact the manufacturer for replacing or fixing the blades in case of any problem.

How low can a ceiling fan hang?

For safety purposes a ceiling fan should not hang lower than 7 to 8 feet from the floor.  The blades of the ceiling fan often move quite fast. A low ceiling fan can become a safety hazard if it is installed too low.

Can I Purchase any type of downrod for my ceiling fan?

The components and parts of a ceiling fan are designed to balance each other out. Therefore, most of the ceiling fan components cannot be purchased from a local hardware store; they must be purchased directly from the manufacturer. The same is true for downrods. While some downrods manufactured for one ceiling fan may fit another fan, it is not recommended to undertake such installations. A misplaced or wrong downrod may cause wobbling in the fan.

Charles John

A novice DIYer who learns about home ventilation. I am a mechanical engineer and have a basic knowledge of HVAC systems but I learn continuously to make myself the best blogger in that space.

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