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What are the Different Types of Outdoor Ceiling Fans?

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G. Wiesen

There are several different types of outdoor ceiling fans, which usually fall into different categories depending on how they can be used and the features offered. These fans typically consist of two basic categories based on professional ratings for use in either damp or wet conditions. Fans can then be further categorized by the different features and options included with them, such as lighting features, remote or wall controls, and variable speeds. Manufacturers of outdoor ceiling fans also typically feature a number of different designs such as standard fans, multiple adjustable heads, and stylized fan blades that resemble leaves.

Outdoor ceiling fans are fans designed for use outdoors, such as on covered patios, verandas, and gazebos. These fans are usually powered through external wiring coming from another source, such as inside of a building, and can be installed into ceiling fan mounts or directly onto a ceiling area. Most of these fans function just like indoor ceiling fans, and outdoor ceiling fans can usually be used inside as well as outside.

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There are two basic types of outdoor ceiling fans, based on the types of conditions in which such fans are rated to properly function. Damp rated fans are ceiling fans that can function outdoors but should not be exposed directly to water from rain or snow. These fans are usually intended for use in enclosed areas or on covered patios or solid gazebos, where they may be exposed to humidity or indirect rainfall but not be directly rained upon. Wet rated outdoor ceiling fans, on the other hand, can be exposed directly to water and rainfall and will continue to function properly.

Outdoor ceiling fans can also be categorized by the various features and functions they are designed to include. Many ceiling fans are designed with lighting features or sconces, though most fans will include a cap to cover the lighting area if the lights are not installed. Some fans also feature remote controls or wall controls to make them easier to operate without having to reach for a pull chain. This can be especially useful for high mounted fans.

There are also a number of different styles and models of outdoor ceiling fans that can be found. Many of these are similar to indoor fans, with plain blades, while others are more stylized and feature blades shaped like leaves or palm fronds. Some outdoor fans feature several smaller fans, similar to desk fans, that are mounted to a larger unit and are adjustable and can be operated independently.

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