Guide To Choosing An Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Whether it is a pergola, patio, verandah, or pool area, we have an outdoor fan to suit and keep you cool. Today there is a large range of fans which are suitable for outdoors, in all shapes, styles, sizes and colours!

It can be a bit confusing to start with, but you can use the following questions to work out what you need, and what you want.

1.       Is the fan well covered and just exposed to moisture, or exposed to water?

If the fan is well covered from above, and a few walls, you can get a damp rated fan, which will give you many more options.

If the fan is exposed to water splashing, you need to get a wet –rated o IP44 rated fan.

2.       Do you want to create a gentle breeze or do you need to move a lot of air?

Within the outdoor fan options there are some which are more powerful, and some which are designed to move slowly and create a gentle breeze. Size is not necessarily a factor! The key elements which will determine this are how fast the motor moves (RPM (Revolutions per minute) ratings will give you an indication of this), and the material, pitch and shape of the blade. The best way to find out whether a fan really moves a lot of air is to see it in action in our showroom, or speak to one of our expert sales staff!

3.       I live near the ocean, which fans will not rust?

If you live near the ocean, there are types of fans which will be most protected from rust. Firstly, fans which are made from 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel.

Secondly, fans with an aluminium motor and plastic blades – plastic will never rust!

Thirdly, some fans will come with an anti-rust specific rating. Some fans are a ‘rust’ colour and will generally be anti-rust!

4.       Is there an outdoor fan to match my tropical/modern/traditional decor?

Yes! These days you are spoilt for choice with outdoor fans. You can have a simple, minimalist fan, a modern designer style, a tropical palm/bamboo/timber look, or a traditional outdoor ceiling fan. On our website you can narrow down the outdoor section into the different styles so you can see just the style you are after!

Minimalist/simple – Like the Revolution, Eco-2, Attitude

Designer/modern – Loft, Sycamore, Cabo-Frio

Traditional – Verandah, Maribel

Tropical – Belleria, Outdoor Elements II

5.       What size fan do I need for my outdoor area?

Just like any area, there is a bit of flexibility in size when it comes to ceiling fans. The standard size, which you will find most fans are, is 52” (132cm). However, there are many fans which are smaller, and many which are larger. Of course, the smaller the fan, the smaller area it will cover, so it’s best not to go too small unless you really need to. The main determinants to work out size are:

  • Whether the fan will be above the area most used – if it is, most sizes will be fine as they will cover the area, if it is off to a side it will be better to stick to something a bit larger to ensure the air reaches the area you will be using.
  • How big it is in proportion to the area – this is an aesthetics issue. Of course, it has to physically fit in the space, and not be too close to the edge to avoid the air bouncing back from the walls. However, apart from that, the choice is a personal one as to how you want to the space to look. Do you want to the fan to disappear? If so, lean towards the smaller sizes, and more simple/minimalist look. Do you want to make a feature of the fan? In this case, you may want to lean to the larger sizes.


6.       Budget – I don’t want to spend heaps on my outdoor fan.

Due to being made of more weather resistant materials, and well enclosed motors, fans that are rated for outdoor use (and covered by warranty for outdoor use) will tend to be a bit dearer (or a lot dearer) than a basic indoor ceiling fan. However, there are some models which are excellent value for money. Come in to see us or give us a call and we can talk you through the options.