Warmer days are here! And while we couldn’t be more thrilled to get outside, the summer heat begs the question: How are you planning to stay cool?

An outdoor ceiling fan is an often overlooked fixture that can level up your space! Offering both function and form, you can add extra circulation while also elevating your decor. With the right technology, patios and porches can remain breezy and enjoyable even during the dog days of summer. Check out our handy guide for what you need to know when purchasing and installing an outdoor fan! 


Types of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

With a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, choosing an outdoor ceiling fan can feel overwhelming. Where should you start? Hugger, standard, and ceiling fans with lights are just a few of the different types of fans to consider.

If you are looking for a more understated fan that is flush-mounted, then you are going to want to choose the hugger style. This style is appropriate for smaller outdoor spaces, such as a screened in porch. 

(AVIATOR Downrod Ceiling Fan)

A standard outdoor ceiling fan is the most popular of the three. This type of fan has a thin rod that it hangs from and it tends to hang lower than the hugger.

(Minka-Aire SUNDANCE? – 52″ CEILING FAN)

If you are looking to light up your night and add even more function to your space, then you are going to want to choose a ceiling fan with a built-in light kit. This type of fan is great for outdoor entertainment and versatility, and comes in both hugger and standard lengths.

Once you’ve narrowed down your ideal ceiling fan type, you can explore fixture styles including modern, industrial, farmhouse, and more. You can further narrow your search by selecting a fan with all-weather ceiling fan blades to protect your fixture from humidity, corrosion, and rust – making them ideal for porches, sunrooms, and even your garage!


Can I use my indoor ceiling fan outside?

A common misconception is that indoor ceiling fans can be used outside. However, if your fan is under a roof or porch, you will need to make sure you purchase a fan with a UL rating of wet, which ensures that it is sealed in order to combat inclement weather.


How to Choose The Best Ceiling Fan Size

Outdoor ceiling fans can be used in many different spaces including garages, screened in porches or patios, gazebos, or pergolas. These spaces are great for entertaining and an opportunity to level-up your outdoor decor. If you want to create a balanced outdoor space, it’s important to consider the size of your ceiling fan. Here are some quick tips for the most common ceiling fan sizes:

  • A 36-inch ceiling fan will cover the area of 144 square feet
  • A 42-inch ceiling fan will reach an area of 225 square feet
  • A 52-inch ceiling fan will cool a space with an area of 325 square feet
  • A 60-inch ceiling fan will cool a space with an area of more than 350 square feet

Ceiling Fan Installation

When you’re ready to begin installing a ceiling fan there are two options to consider: DIY or hiring an electrician. If you have experience with electrical work, installing a fan on your own could be an economical decision! However, if you’re inexperienced in this area, we strongly recommend contacting your local electrician to ensure the installation goes safely and smoothly.

Before installation begins, with or without an electrician, you can spend time choosing the best location for your outdoor ceiling fan. You’ll want to keep an eye out for:

  • A location that aligns with the aesthetics of your space 
  • A location that can support the weight of the fan, especially if it’s a large fan
  • A location with the least amount of exposure to weather conditions

Once your ceiling fan is installed, you’re ready to entertain in your elevated outdoor space! For more lighting tips and tricks, check out our blog.

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