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Tips for Picking Outdoor ceiling fans

Posted by xmixmigrz on May 1, 2014 at 4:55 AM

When choosing an outdoor ceiling fan, it'simportant to take a few things into consideration. It might seem like one canuse an indoor ceiling fan in a porch or a barn or whatever, they're coveredareas. Right, well no best indoor ceiling fans are designed and tested for indooruse. They’re rated and built in a different way from those intended for outdooruse, and installing an indoor fixture for outdoor use is a potential fire andelectrical safety hazard, particularly where they're exposed to the elements.

There are two different Underwriter's Laboratory ratings for outdoor ceiling fans: "damp" and 'wet".To some people, that means the same thing, but in terms of science, they'revastly different. The wiring and components in wet and damp rated ceiling fansare more robust man those or indoor ceiling fans because when used inside,they're generally more protected from the elements and require different wiringprocedures that should be done by a professional, but can be handled by aknowledgeable do-it-yourselfer.

A damp rated ceiling fan is approved foruse in patios or areas where there's high humidity, but no direct contact withrain or snow, like in greenhouses for example, above the sprinkler line sowater doesn't come in direct contact with the fan and its wiring. They can alsobe used in indoor swimming pools or barns to keep the livestock comfortable.Their wiring should be done by a professional as the fan would need to beinstalled into an electrical box "rough in- that complies with theNational Electrical Code's requirements.

Wet rated ceiling fans are those intendedfor use in lanais, gazebos and under lattice covers, anywhere directly exposedto rain or snow. In order to be certified for the EPA's Energy Star Programme. Wetfans have to be subjected to numerous rain tests and receive a test result fromOSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Wet rated outdoor ceiling fansalso require installation into electrical box rough-ins and because that wouldrequire running electricity out to the location, a professional electrician,bonded, insured, and licensed for your state, is an absolute must.

Ceiling fans are great energy savers. Inthe spring and summer, they can help keep us cool and in the fall and winterthey can circulate the air, all without having to turn on the heating orcooling system. It only makes sense to have them outside as well, so long asthey're rated properly for the area and installed correctly.


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