Why You Need Outdoor Ceiling FansSunday 10th June 2012 09:20am
Although you may have the cooling situation figured out inside of your home, chances are you’ve never thought about cooling the outside parts of your home as well. While many people try to stay indoors during the summer months to avoid the blistering heat, you don’t have to with an outdoor ceiling fan. Outdoor fans are the perfect way to keep cool as you read a book by the swimming pool or as you enjoy a drink under the patio. And while you may not get the same type of cool air that you’d experience inside, a nice breeze across your skin when the temperatures are on the rise is a much welcomed amenity.
Outdoor fans are much different than traditional indoor ceiling fans. Because of rain and wind, outdoor fans have to be able to withstand a greater number of threats than the fans you find inside of your home. Whereas, a traditional ceiling fan is typically made of wood or some type of synthetic wood to operate well at high speeds, outdoor fans are made from waterproof plastics and synthetic materials to keep water away from the electrics found inside the fan, as well as prevent any water damage to the blades which could not only result in a broken fan, but could also lead to injury.
In addition to providing air flow as you sit outside on your porch or patio, outdoor ceiling fans also give you the option to add a lighting component to the unit as well. By attaching a light to your outdoor ceiling fan, you can enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun goes down. And with the lighting fixtures also being waterproof, you never have to worry about a big storm making destroying your investment.
Before you purchase a ceiling fan or outdoor light for your patio area, be sure to check that you have the wiring already in place for a fan to be installed. While some homes come with lighting and fan wiring already installed in almost every room of the house, some spaces may not have the wiring necessary to install an aftermarket fan. If that’s the case, you’ll need to contact an electrician or contractor to wire your space for a fan.
Also note that, even though you may have space for a fan, you may not have the wiring necessary for a light as well. Take a look at your home’s wiring diagrams to see if the functionality for both a fan and lighting is available.