Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Posted by on 7/20/2015

How to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan for Your Home

We all wish that we could control the weather and, while we can’t turn down the sun’s hot rays, an outdoor ceiling fan can create a pleasant breeze even when Mother Nature hasn’t provided one.

Ceiling Fan Functionality

Adding an outdoor ceiling helps create a comfortable area in your outdoor living space by simulating a current even on days where there would naturally be no wind. Unlike air conditioners or heaters, whose primary purpose is to adulterate the temperature of the air in the area they are installed, ceiling fans simply circulate the air that is already there. This means that outdoor ceiling fans can be used for both cooling and heating. One of the main things to keep in mind when purchasing an outdoor ceiling fan is checking if it is wet rated. No matter the style or size, it is very important that your ceiling fan is durable against wet weather and moisture.

Determine Ceiling Fan Diameter

It’s important to choose a fan that caters to specific needs, a large part of this is ensuring that the fan you’ve chosen is well-suited for the space it’s in. Room size dictates the fan diameter that is necessary to maximize the benefits that your outdoor ceiling fan brings.

Ceiling Fan Size

Ceiling Height and Fan Choice

Another factor to consider when choosing your ceiling fan is ceiling height. Ceiling height dictates the length of downrod that is necessary for getting the best experience from your ceiling fan. Using unique downrods contributes to the overall versatility of your fan and allows a single fan to cater to multiple ceiling heights.

Ceiling Fan Height

Ceiling Fan Installation Types

Just like there are many ceiling types, there are also several installation types available to choose from. Choosing the right installation type can contribute to the pleasant breeze in your outdoor space and is critical to maximizing your ceiling fan’s effects.

Ceiling fans should be at least seven feet from the ground, although best practice says closer to nine feet is best. One way to get your fan within this range is choosing the correct installation type.

Ceiling Fan Type

Hugger: this type of flush mount ceiling fan is perfect for rooms with low ceilings, especially if your ceiling is eight feet or lower. These fans are installed flush to the ceiling, so there is nothing separating the actual fan from the ceiling so the fan is as far from the floor as possible.

Downrods: if your ceiling is high it is necessary to install downrods so your fan is around nine feet from the floor. Downrods separate the fan from the ceiling and thus place the blades closer to the floor, which helps the fan be effective in larger rooms. Check out the table above for exact recommendations.

Sloped Ceilings: if you are planning to install your outdoor ceiling fan onto a ceiling with a slope, it is absolutely necessary to first install a ceiling adapter. This will allow your downrod to safely negotiate the slope of your ceiling.

Benefits of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Outdoor ceiling fans are beneficial in a few great ways. Not only do you get to enjoy the outdoors area more often and in greater comfort, but the constant air flow also helps push pesky bugs away. Another advantage of adding an outdoor ceiling fan is its ability to save table and floor space since you won’t have to rely or be restricted to conventional standing fans. In turn, you’ll have a more open floor plan, which can accommodate more guests when it comes time to entertaining! Of course, outdoor ceiling fans can also be the perfect addition of style that your home is looking for, with so many to choose from it’s unlikely that you won’t be able to find one that makes your outdoor area more aesthetically pleasing and inviting.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans with a Light

If you don’t have any lighting in your outdoor living space, then adding a ceiling fan with a light is great way to illuminate the space and make it usable even after the sun has gone down. Even if you already have lighting the additional light and functionality that an outdoor ceiling fan can provide is worth considering. This dual purpose piece can keep you cool during the day or hot summer nights and gives your space some much needed light no matter the time, perfect for entertaining or cuddling up on a peaceful summer night.


Concept II Series White Hugger Fan

Rainman Collection Brushed Nickel Fan

Sundowner Mossoro Fan with Walnut Blades

Craftsman Collection Dark Craftsman Fan

Outdoor Ceiling Fans and Style

And just because you’re adding a light feature doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Sleek modern nickel pieces with straight lines are perfect for a minimal, clean-lined contemporary living space. These designs also work well for small areas, as the simple design won’t overwhelm the flow of the space.


Magellan Collection

Kichler Collection

Seaside Collection

Cameron Collection

On the other hand, leaf-like blades are perfect for a casual island vibe. These pieces tend to be larger than other outdoor ceiling fans, so they work best in open spaces with tall ceilings. Another great option is an outdoor ceiling fan/light combo unit with a remote control, which makes it easy to set both the speed of the fan and its brightness, not to mention how appreciative you’ll be of the remote when you’re relaxing outside and don’t want to get up just to adjust the lighting or fan speed.


Gauguin Series

Kichler Collection

Savoy House

Minka Aire

An Alternative Design

Twin Turbo Fan

A unique twist on the traditional ceiling fan is the Twin Turbo design. Instead of being comprised of 3-5 blades that rotate around the center of the fan, this alternative build features two small fans connected by a long bar, which rotate around in the traditional circular motion.

The look is as unique as it is stunning, with an industrial old-school vibe, these fans stand out from the rest. It’s undoubtedly a remarkable look that guests won’t be able to help commenting on, which makes it the perfect focal point for your outdoor space.

Functionality over Aesthetics

While statement pieces are always fun, an outdoor ceiling fan might not be the item you want to call all the attention to—perhaps you’d like to direct guests’ interest to a special sofa or table. For these spaces, the best outdoor ceiling fan design is one that really pulls its weight in functionality, as opposed to distinctive style. Not that we’re saying you should just throw up any old fan! Instead, look for one with a simplistic design. A more traditional fan, with unadorned, slightly curved blades and a modest color scheme – like all black, dark brown or white – will look stylish without stealing the limelight from other décor.

Most importantly, any type of outdoor ceiling fan you choose to decorate your patio, deck or veranda with will keep your room as fresh and cool as possible. After all, comfort is a luxurious style all its own!

Follow these tips when purchasing your next ceiling fan!

Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

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