What outdoor means to you?
Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to check, taste and try new life. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different individuals, to embrace new things as they come and to share new and relevant experiences with playmate and daughter.
If you’re like me and want to beat the heat this summer, consider installing a ceiling fan on your patio. If you’re like me, you might be completely in the dark about which and what type of ceiling fan you need. Here are some helpful tips that will help you not only enjoy your summer in comfort, but get the most out of your fan at the same time.
The first thing you need to be sure is that the fan you buy is actually made for outdoor use. You may not know this, but ceiling fans are actually designed for indoor and outdoor use. Outdoor fans are given certain ratings, such as damp or wet ratings, and if you’re going to install your ceiling fan where the elements can reach it, you better be sure your fan is rated as such.
A moisture rating simply means that the fan can withstand moisture or a light drizzle, not hard rain. Moisture proof fans are best suited if there is adequate coverage. This ensures that your product does not get soaked and thus damaged by rain.
A wet-rated fan on the other hand is made to withstand direct rain. Such fans do not need to be installed in a covered area, but can be slightly more expensive. Research your outdoor space thoroughly to see which type is best for you. And remember that placing an indoor fan outdoors can lead to hazards such as a short circuit.
Outdoor fans are usually completely sealed to withstand other elements such as dirt and dust. Yes, over time, dirt and dust can build up in the motor and eventually cause the fan to completely seize. This will burn out the motor and destroy the fan. In addition to dirt and dust, bees can be a problem. A ceiling fan that is not properly sealed can become a home for bees and wasps. Their nests can also lead to motor failure and eventual destruction of the fan.
If you are looking for an outdoor fan, don’t just believe the manufacturer’s word. Just because there’s an outdoor fan on the box doesn’t mean it will necessarily stand the test of time. What to look for in a quality outdoor ceiling fan:
- High quality wiring with added sealant.
- Parts such as screws are not made of low grade steel or aluminum but are made of stainless steel.
- Inquire about the finish on the engine. This means that the finish or housing around the motor must be made of some sort of weatherproof coating, such as a powder coating. If it is not a high-quality powder coating, then at least stainless steel.
- DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy an outdoor ceiling fan with plywood blades. As good as they look, blades of any type of wood tend to deteriorate under the weather conditions. Heat and humidity will cause such blades to crack and eventually rot over time, not to mention constant problems with mold buildup. Look for a ceiling fan with ABS plastic or fiberglass blades. Both are extremely durable fabrics and resist both warping and cracking.
- If you decide to add a lighting fixture to your fan, make sure the bulbs are properly sealed and designed for outdoor use. A lamp designed for outdoor use will seal tightly and be water resistant to a minimum of humidity.
If you follow these simple procedures, your ceiling fans will have a long outdoor life. Of course, if you find an outdoor fan that you really like and want to put it inside, that’s fine too. But remember, while an outdoor fan is always suitable for indoor use, the opposite need not be true. Try not to be too frugal when choosing your outdoor fan. While it’s always a wise choice to get the most out of your money, overspending and buying a cheaper model will cost you more over time. Most electricians charge between $100 and $150 to install a fan, and if your fan breaks, not only will you have to go out of pocket for the new fans themselves, you’ll also have to pay extra for installation. Be frugal, but be smart. A good outdoor ceiling fan can last ten years or more and make those summer months even more enjoyable.
Why is outdoor good for you?
Tour relieves stress and boosts mental health
Trip has the ability to take you out of stress and into new circumstances and adventur and this can reset your body and calm your mind. Even planning a adventure can have an amazing effect on the chemistry – it boosts happiness and feels joyful.