As we look ahead to spending more time outdoors this season, homeowners are considering making their outdoor entertaining space more comfortable. From fire pits to outdoor kitchens, there are many elements you can add to the outside of your home to make it feel welcoming and relaxing. One popular addition is the outdoor fan. Let’s consider the benefits and qualities before purchasing an outdoor fan for your home’s exterior area.
Not all patios and decks are alike, so your reasons for adding an outdoor fan to your space might vary. For some, a fan might cool a sizeable outdoor pergola, while others might want to increase air circulation on a smaller porch. Outdoor fans don’t just help with airflow and temperature; they can also provide just enough breeze to keep pesky bugs away. Finally, they can help reduce energy costs by circulating the air and eliminating stagnant areas, reducing the work of your air conditioner.
Here are a few things to consider when purchasing the best outdoor fan for your deck or porch.
Outdoor ceiling fans come in various sizes, so start by measuring the space you wish to outfit with your new fan. Then follow these Energy Star Guidelines for sizing:
- 0-75 square feet: blade span of 36 inches or smaller
- 75-144 square feet: blade span of 36 to 42 inches
- 144-225 square feet: blade span of 44 inches
- 225-400 square feet: blade span of 50 to 54 inches
It is also essential to think about the height of your space. The appropriate height for a ceiling fan is about eight feet. Low-ceiling porches require a flush mount, which anchors the fan close to the ceiling. If you have a high ceiling, purchase a fan that has an extended downrod, which holds the fan lower for optimal positioning.
Next, consider how exposed your fan will be to the elements. The best outdoor fans are durable and designed to withstand constant exposure. For example, damp-rated fans are ideal for covered areas with moisture exposure, like a covered porch. Wet-rated fans, such as those for an open gazebo, are suitable for harsher conditions and tolerate direct rain, snow, and moisture.
Many outdoor fans offer the addition of a light kit. Adding overhead illumination to your space might be an excellent option without a separate installation project. Before heading to the store, consider the style, brightness, temperature, and energy efficiency best suit their aesthetics and needs.
There are several ways to turn your outdoor ceiling fan, so be prepared to choose your preferred method of operation when shopping for your outdoor ceiling fan. The most common forms of operation are:
- Pull chain
- Remote Control
- Wall Control
- Smart Technology
For expert advice and installation for all your deck and porch needs, count on Coy Construction. We are a family-owned and -operated Michigan deck-building company with a 40-year tradition in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan. From design to installation, Coy Construction is proud to offer a wide range of products for your deck and outdoor needs, such as Trex, cedar, treated pine, and more! Call us today at (248) 363-1050 for a consultation!