There’s nothing quite as nice as the first warm days of the season, sitting outdoors on your deck, patio or three-season porch… ahhh… that is until the temperature climbs into the 90s and the humidity rises to tropical levels. While taking a dip in the pool is a refreshing escape from the summer heat, there’s a much less expensive way to keep your cool outdoors. Outdoor ceiling fans provide a refreshing breeze that can make the difference between a comfortable outdoor gathering, or a retreat to the cool, conditioned indoor air.
Installing an Outdoor Ceiling Fan
First, it’s important to know that indoor ceiling fans should never be installed outdoors. Outdoor ceiling fans are rated for outdoor use and are designed to withstand greater temperature extremes and humidity. While the blades of most indoor fans are made of solid wood or laminates, outdoor fan blades are made of more durable, warp-resistant ABS plastic. The motor housing is also better shielded to protect it from dampness. While they are weather resistant, outdoor ceiling fans are not rain and snow proof and should always be installed under a roof. Garages, covered decks and porches, three-season rooms and gazebos are all great locations to install outdoor ceiling fans.
Installing a ceiling fan inside or outside your home is not a DIY project. In addition to ensuring that the fan’s electrical wiring is properly grounded, the unit must be securely attached and balanced to ensure safe operation. This spring have Clover Electric install an outdoor ceiling fan or two. When the hot, humid weather arrives this summer you’ll be glad you called!