6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Porch Ceiling Fan

Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan

Shown Above: Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan Model 59135

When selecting the perfect porch ceiling fan, there are many factors to consider. Adding a ceiling fan to your porch is a great way to help increase your comfort level by providing a cooling breeze and helping to keep pesky bugs away. As you browse the many porch ceiling fans available, consider how you can integrate this new fixture into the space without disrupting the theme and decor of the area. Read up on fan and blade sizes as well as materials to make a well-informed decision on which porch ceiling fan is right for your space. Use our guide to learn more about what to look for during your search.

The Size of the Space

The most important thing to consider when it comes to purchasing a porch ceiling fan is the size of the area because you want to make sure that you install a fan large enough to circulate air throughout the entire patio. If your patio is screened in, the fan’s effect will likely be more powerful. For outdoor patios with no surrounding protection, you may want to opt for a more high-powered fan to move more aire and one that is better made to withstand a variety of weather as it will be more exposed to the elements throughout the year.

Fan Size

Modern Forms Morpheus III Ceiling Fan

Shown Above: Modern Forms Morpheus III Ceiling Fan Model FR-W1813-60L-GW

Ceiling fans work differently outdoors than indoors because the air is not bouncing back at you in an area confined by walls. Therefore, most of the breeze will only be felt directly beneath the fan and the cooling effect tapers off dramatically just beyond the tip of the blades. So the size fan you choose should be about the same as the area you wish to cool. For rectangular areas, choose a fan that is closer to the widest side or consider using two fans. Also, be sure to pay close attention to the wind speed we have published for each fan because that tells you how much of a breeze to expect. You will find that most of the larger diameter fans move more cubic feet of air per minute (CFM), but will actually have a lower Wind Speed because they run at a much lower RPM. Most of the really large fans are good for mixing air in a large area, but not for creating a strong breeze.

Ceiling Fan Material

The material of your patio ceiling fan is particularly important because it will be outside year-round. Indoor fans are not equipped to weather the many outdoor factors like wind, sand, dirt and moisture. For maximum durability and exposure to the elements, a stainless steel ceiling fan is the absolute best choice. For less expensive alternatives that will hold up well, look for fans made from aluminum, plastic or fiberglass. These materials are able to combat the outdoors without warping or corroding, and they can be designed to look just as beautiful as an indoor ceiling fan. If your fan will be directly exposed to rain or you would like the luxury of being able to wash off your fan with a hose, make sure to purchase a wet-rated ceiling fan.

Energy Efficiency

Installing a patio ceiling fan is a smart way to reduce the amount of energy your home uses. Some people with screened-in patio or porch areas use air conditioning to keep the area cool in the summer, but this method of cooling uses a lot of energy and can increase your electric bill. Instead, find a high-powered ceiling fan, with energy efficient lighting, to make your home more green. A variety of patio ceiling fans are designed with energy efficiency in mind, so if this feature is important to you, be sure to look into each product’s efficiency.

Matthews Donaire Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan

Shown Above: Matthews Donaire Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan Model DA-BB

Choosing a Style

Size and material are two of the most important aspects of the perfect patio ceiling fan, but selecting a style that matches the decor of your outdoor patio is equally as important to creating a beautiful, cohesive area. Consider the color scheme of your outdoor area. Or, if you’re just starting to build your porch space, think about the color scheme and patterns you’d like to include. Then, browse through porch ceiling fan options to discover one that matches this theme. The number and shape of the blades as well as the color are all vital aspects to creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Some fans use just two curved blades to circulate air while others follow a more traditional design with three to five blades.

Ceiling Fan Mount

If the place you wish to install the fan is lower than 8 feet high, you will need a flush mount outdoor fan, otherwise you are best off choosing a standard mount fan that hangs from a downrod. For areas higher than 9 feet, you can add a downrod to almost any standard mount fan. Once you’ve selected the perfect porch ceiling fan, you’ll need to decide whether or not you plan to install the fan yourself or enlist the help of a professional.

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