Major Distinguishing Features of Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan is a vital house add-on that improves the living condition of your home. Despite having wide windows and proper ventilation, a ceiling fan is necessary especially during summer to cool off the excess heat that may accumulate the house, by supplying cold fresh air. However, with their essence comes to the differences in their best installation locations – inside or outside the house. Below are main differences that can help you differentiate an outdoor ceiling from an indoor ceiling fan:

Ceiling fan Material

From its location inside the house, an indoor ceiling fan is not subjected to most outdoor atmospheric conditions, as is the case with an outdoor fan. Thereby, the material of the fan blades differs, with an outdoor fan having durable material as Nickel or silver to withstand conditions such as the wind, humidity or rain. Even so, the material of the Patio fan is coated with specific furnish to prevent rust that reduces efficiency and eventually damages the fan.

Blade Size and Strength

Ceiling fans are made of blades that rotate to supply fresh air to occupants by use of an electric motor. It is their size and how powerful the motor is that determines the efficiency of the fan. As an outdoor fan, located in open space, it has larger leaves and equipped with a reliable motor. All these features enable it to supply sufficient air that faces resistance from the outdoor wind. Indoor fans, on the other hand, have smaller blades and a less powerful electric motor.

Fan Design

The difference in the perfect installation location of ceiling fans, indoors or outdoors, can also be derived from how the fans’ design. For a top-rated outdoor fan, the cord is completely enclosed to ensure that it does not come into contact with water. This is dangerous as it can cause an electrical hazard. To the contrary, an indoor fan has a slightly exposed cord. Furthermore, outdoor ceiling fans have two professional ratings – wet or damp rated. A wet rated fan is designed to withstand rains and snow to ensure that they operate under these conditions without failure. On the other hand, the damp rated fans are uniquely designed to work under humidity but can be affected by contact with water or snow.

Number of Blades and Speed

When trying to differentiate these fans, the number of blades can be a factor to consider. The lesser the fan blades, the more air it will be able to circulate. Therefore, this type of fan is best applicable as a patio fan, as more air supply is needed in a porch. With fewer blades, the ceiling fan will exert minimal pressure on the electric motor used for its operation, and which will enhance the speed at which it rotates to cool off heat in your house. That will be the contrary of the indoor fan which will have more blades and resultant lower rotation speed.

With this features in mind, it will be easier for you to select the ceiling fans for its respective installation location, and this will help you avoid the dangers that are accompanied with using the wrong fan in the wrong place.

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