How to Choose Your Large Outdoor Ceiling Fan

A large outdoor ceiling fan is a great option for cooling down an outdoor area and open-air public spaces like restaurant covered patios, open-air stadium concourses, and other outdoor public gathering spaces, that typical indoor ceiling fans cannot handle. It’s an excellent way to keep customers or members in your open-air establishment comfortable, especially during hot summer days. It even adds to the style of your outdoor area’s design with flush mount capabilities. With different design features from stainless steel to oil-rubbed bronze and many color schemes, a large ceiling fan will complement any décor. While providing a cool breeze


Different types of outdoor ceiling fans

When you need an outdoor ceiling fan, you need to determine if a small outdoor ceiling fan will suffice. If not, there are a few things to consider when looking for a large outdoor ceiling fan for your open-air public space.


Outdoor Damp-rated ceiling fans:

Outdoor ceiling fans are unlike indoor fans because the fans are adaptable to damp and wet areas. Meanwhile, other ceiling fans are only appropriate for indoors and are dry-rated. Outdoor ceiling fans are built with finishes that can withstand humidity and rain, preventing rust and corrosion.

Wet Rated ceiling fans:

Wet rated ceiling fans are designed to withstand water, they can be outside in the rain or even washed off with a hose. They are perfect for wet locations like uncovered outdoor patios, porches or gazebos where outside elements will directly affect the fan.

Small outdoor ceiling fans:

Built for outdoor use, small outdoor ceiling fans are a good cooling solution for smaller covered patios, porches or gazebos. An average small industrial fan spins several times faster than industrial outdoor ceiling fans. Because the fans spin at high speeds it pushes the heavy airflow into one concentrated space.

Large outdoor commercial fans:

Perfect for large open air covered locations such as a restaurant patios or stadiums, large commercial fans are designed to move high volumes of air at low speeds. This means you need fewer large fans to achieve what takes many small fans to accomplish.

“We need to keep this place filled with clean air, and the fans help us get that air flowing, moving around, and bringing in more fresh air. We definitely need that here.” – Hunter Hastie, Assistant General Manager at The Crack Shack Costa Mesa.

Are large commercial ceiling fans just for businesses?

The large, slow-moving columns of air created by large outdoor ceiling fan blades have a wider reach, covering more square feet, generating less noise, and operating more efficiently than traditional small fans. So the short answer is no, outdoor commercial fans are a more efficient means of keeping both businesses and residential open air spaces cool and comfortable. With reversible motors and adjustable fan speeds, you can use it as a cooling fan, or adjacent to a heating source. Large commercial ceiling fans are outdoor rated so as long as your residential outdoor space is covered, then you can enjoy the optimal airflow of large outdoor fan in your home and indoor living space.

What was your experience with MacroAir fans in your favorite outdoor space? Do you know more about how to choose a large outdoor ceiling fan? Leave your comments below.


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Patrick Munar

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Patrick Munar develops communication efforts in support of MacroAir’s position as the inventors and continual innovators of the HVLS fan. He shares insights on a variety of HVLS fan applications through the MacroAir Blog.
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