How do I Choose the Best Damp Ceiling Fan?

Emily Espinoza

When choosing the best damp ceiling fan for your space, it is important to consider three main areas. First, you need to think about the space in which you intend to use your fan and how it will dictate what type of fan you need. Second, you should consider the style of fan that best suits your taste and the area where you will be installing it. Finally, there a few more optional features that you may want to consider when picking out your new damp ceiling fan.

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The area where you intend to install your damp ceiling fan will have a lot to do with what fan you choose. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that the area has a solid covering so that rain will not ever directly fall on your fan. If rain will be directly hitting the fan, you will need to install a wet-rated ceiling fan as opposed to damp. Once you are sure that your area is appropriate for a damp ceiling fan, you need to take notice of the size and height of the covering. Areas that are larger require a fan that is larger in diameter in order to provide enough air circulation.

In addition to size, the height of your covered area will also influence what kind of damp ceiling fan best suits you. If the ceiling is very high, you will need a fan that is a little bit larger in diameter to create airflow that will cover the area where people will be. In addition, you may want to consider a model with a pole extender for a high ceiling or a flush mount for a lower ceiling. Pay attention to overhangs and support beams as these are more likely to interfere with the movement of your fan than they would in most indoor spaces where ceilings tend to be flatter.

Once you have the appropriate size of fan picked out, it will be time to look at style options. Be sure to consider both your personal taste and the style of the surrounding area. This means looking at the style of the covering, any neighboring buildings and surrounding vegetation or landscaping. Another thing to consider is how the fan will hold up to dirt and corrosion from the elements. Damp ceiling fans are intended to withstand outdoor use, but some models may stand up better to the abuse and look cleaner over time.

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With the size and style nailed down, you will still need to consider a couple of available options. Many models of damp ceiling fans are available with lighting included on the fan. If this is an option that you like, make sure that the light fixture is also rated for outdoor use. Outdoor fans are sometimes harder to reach due to higher ceilings or outdoor furniture. If you think this might be a problem for you, you might want to consider a fan with a remote control that will allow you to make easy adjustments.

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