Which benefits can an outdoor ceiling fan bring you?
- The best ceiling fan for outdoor patios is a versatile all-season unit which keeps you cool in warm weather and warm during winter and windy weather.
- They are cheaper and more energy-efficient than AC systems and sturdier than traditional ceiling fans.
- Multiple speed settings let you customize the rate and intensity of airflow.
- They come with a remote control for convenient operation from a distance. You can also synch all your pother fans and operate them with one remote.
- The outdoor ceiling fan with light can replace your overhead light to illuminate your outdoor space and improve the ambiance.
- They come in a variety of vintage, modern and sleek designs which complement most color schemes and inject style into your patio or pavilion.
- Majority of the ceiling fans are affordable and long-lasting.
Features to consider while choosing an outdoor ceiling fan
The following features are the key components that determine the best ceiling fan for outdoor porches, patios, and pool areas.
Outdoor usage rating
Outdoor ceiling fans can either be damp-rated or wet-rated. Damp-rated models like Hunter Cassius, Prominence Home Abner and Casa Delta-Wing Outdoor Ceiling Fan require installation in covered porches or outdoor spaces with roofing to avoid direct exposure to moisture since they are prone to corrosion and rust.
On the other hand, wet-rated outdoor ceiling fans like Emerson CF542ORB can withstand rainfall, high humidity, and natural elements because they are made of weatherproof material and rust-resistant finish and their light fixture, if any, is enclosed in a tight casing.
The ceiling fan size, which refers to the blade span or the diameter of the unit, is determined by the coverage of your intended space and the clearance necessary for the height of your ceiling. You will also need to factor in sufficient room between the fan and the walls to avoid obstruction and limited airflow. Ideally, you should mount the fan least 12 inches from the ceiling and 84 inches from the floor, and approximately 24 inches from the walls.
Rooms of up to 400 square feet will require a fan with a diameter of 50 to 54 square inches while extensive spaces with cathedral ceilings are best served by the best output outdoor ceiling fans like Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 which feature a diameter of 65 to 72 inches.
Patios measuring up to 144 square feet need 36 to 42-inch outdoor ceiling fans and verandahs with coverage of up to 225 square feet would suit 48-inch units such as Westinghouse Lighting 7861920 Oasis Ceiling Fan which has an output of 4,305 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and also comes with a light fixture for illumination.
Larger fans feature large motors which can generate sufficient torque to move the massive blades.
Number of blades
Although you should consider a minimum of three blades when choosing the best output outdoor ceiling fan, the ideal number of additional blades will be mainly based on your preference. This is because fewer and numerous blades both have their strengths and drawbacks.
Few blades spin faster to produce chilly gusts of breeze while a large number of blades will be slower but move massive amounts of air around your porch for a gentle cooling effect. More blades also make an aesthetically pleasing pattern which can add style to your space. Basically, consider outdoor fans with few blades like Hunter Cassius and Casa Delta-Wing Outdoor Ceiling Fan if you prefer a high-velocity fan and the eight blades of Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 for a large volume of airflow.
However, manufacturers now make fans with several blades made of light material to balance the speed of the fan with the volume of airflow.
This refers to the angle of blade placement on its holder. An outdoor ceiling fan with flat blade pitch may wobble or produce more noise on high speed if its motor is not powerful enough to circulate a large volume of air for an extended period.
Products such as Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 and Casa Delta-Wing Outdoor Ceiling Fan which feature a blade pitch of nine degrees do not require a large motor to achieve high speed while fans with a steeper pitch like the 14-degree blade pitch of Minka-Aire Gauguin Ceiling Fan need a large motor to reach a high speed. A large blade pitch in an outdoor ceiling fan fan is advantageous because it provides a high capacity to circulate large volumes of air.
The optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan is between 12 to 15 degrees.
Type of motor
The motor is one of the most essential components to consider when making your decision. This can either be a standard type which rotates downwards to cool your space or a reversible model that can spin the breeze upwards or downwards.
For the most effective outdoor ceiling fan in windy conditions, winter or summer, look for a reversible motor which can circulate cooling air during summer and reverse to disperse the warm air that accumulates near the ceiling and channel it downwards to keep you warm during winter. A reversible fan is a versatile choice which is also efficient in lowering your utility bills because, in its reversed position, it operates on low speed setting.
All the models we have recommended in this review of the best rated outdoor ceiling fans with light are equipped with versatile reversible motors which provide a broader range of cooling options for all seasons and save you money on energy consumption.
Another important feature to consider in the motor is its airflow efficiency rate, which compares the motor’s power consumption with the amounts of air it can redistribute per minute. For instance, Merrimack 52-in Antique Bronze Ceiling Fan comes with a 58-watt powerful motor with an airflow output of 5,188 CFM and coverage of up to 400 square feet, making this wet-rated model the best ceiling fan for outdoor patios and indoor spaces (for example, this is an excellent ceiling fan for kitchen).
Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 is another excellent choice that makes the best output outdoor ceiling fan because it features a low wattage UL-listed motor which uses 40 watts to move air at a rate of 5,748 CFM.
Fluctuating temperatures necessitate different levels of cooling. As your needs change, you will benefit from multiple varied speed settings which allow you to set the intensity of air circulation according to your current preference. Lowering the speed of the ceiling fan also reduces noise levels in loud ceiling fans.
Emerson CF542ORB outdoor ceiling fan comes with four speed settings while Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 has six variable speeds, the highest number of speed options in our list.
If there’s also a light bulb
The best-rated outdoor ceiling fans with light incorporate a light kit which can double up as your overhead bulb to illuminate your porch and improve visibility at night or when the day is foggy and overcast.
Look for a low-wattage LED light bulb which lasts ten times longer than incandescent bulbs like Halogen and consumes 85% less energy while generating the same amount of light. Examples of suitable energy-efficient models that make outstanding outdoor ceiling fans with light are Prominence Home Abner which comes with a dimmable 4.4-watt Edison-style LED light globe that generates 450 lumens and is encased in a clear bowl-shaped glass cover for more brightness and 52″ Casa Breeze Tropical Coastal Outdoor Ceiling Fan which features a 10-watt bulb with similar brightness to that of a 60-watt incandescent bulb and is safely enclosed in a frosted amber glass cover.
Clear glass-covered bulbs are an ideal replacement for your outdoor light because they produce 40% more brightness than their frosted counterparts. Frosted covers diffuse light to emit a soft glow which complements the ambiance in your bedroom and works well as a living room chandelier light fixture.
As a safety precaution, avoid installing a halogen bulb with bare hands because this can affect the lifespan of your bulb.
Generally, the best ceiling fan for outdoor porches come with a lifetime warranty for the motor, but the warranty for other parts varies from one model to another. For instance, Westinghouse Lighting 7861920 Oasis Ceiling Fan and 52″ Casa Breeze Tropical Coastal Outdoor Ceiling Fan ceiling fan offer two years of warranty for other parts whereas both Emerson CF542ORB Outdoor Ceiling Fan and Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 provide a one-year warranty on other parts, with the latter including a 30-day replacement offer.
Remote control: This is a convenient feature which enables you to operate the outdoor ceiling fan from a distance. Merrimack 52-in Antique Bronze Ceiling Fan is an outstanding outdoor ceiling fan with light and remote control while Minka-Aire Xtreme H20 takes it a step further with compatibility to an add-on from Minka that enables the fan to connect with Wi-Fi, Alexa or Google Assistant so you can operate the unit from wherever you are.
Down rod length: Six inches is the most common length of down rods which are included with the unit. Since different models feature varied length and thickness, manufacturers make longer rods that are specific to their models and available for separate purchase to mount fans in areas with vaulted and high ceilings.
Blades finish: The most reliable outdoor ceiling fan for windy conditions, rainfall and high humidity features wet rating and incorporates blades made of sturdy ABS plastic which is resistant to warping, corrosion and natural elements.
Certifications: These are issued to models that adhere to the required industry standards for safety and energy efficiency. The multiple certifications of Merrimack 52-in Antique Bronze Ceiling Fan is among the reasons we picked it as our Editor’s Choice. It has been approved by Energy Star, ETL, UL, and CSA.