How to Choose Your Large Outdoor Ceiling Fan

A large outdoor ceiling fan is a great option for cooling down outdoor public spaces like restaurant patios, open air stadium concourses, and other outdoor public gathering spaces. 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.


Different types of outdoor ceiling fans

When looking for outdoor ceiling fans for your open-air public space, there are a few things to consider while choosing a large outdoor ceiling fan. Here are some of them:


Damp and outdoor rated fans:

These 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 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 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 or gazebos. An average small industrial fan spins several times faster than industrial outdoor ceiling fans. Because the fans spins 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 fans have a wider reach, create less noise, and operate 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. Large commercial ceiling fans are outdoor rated so as long as your residential space is covered, then you can enjoy the optimal air flow of large outdoor fan in your home too.

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

Marketing Content Specialist at MacroAir Fans
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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