Archive for April, 2010

Top 10 Outdoor Ceiling Fans + 1 Bonus

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Outdoor ceiling fans will add a cool breeze to your outdoor living. An outdoor ceiling fan is a must in the middle of Summer when temperatures reach well over 90°. Ceiling fans also keep bugs away so you can enjoy the outdoors without being annoyed by bugs. Here is a list of the top ten outdoor ceiling fans plus an added bonus of an outdoor ceiling fan that can play music!

1. Original Outdoor Ceiling Fan

 

Hunter Outdoor Original Ceiling Fan

Hunter Original Outdoor fan is an exceptional outdoor ceiling fan. The Outdoor Original ceiling fan has a product airflow of 7501 CFM (cubic feet per minute) which will help you enjoy your outdoor living no matter how hot it is. This Hunter outdoor ceiling fan is UL Damp listed and has different finishes and blade sets to choose from.

2. Palisade Ceiling Fan

Fanimation Palisade Ceiling Fan

Fanimation Palisade ceiling fan is a tropical style outdoor fan. The vertical rotation designed dual motor fan is UL Damp listed. This fan has two powerful FK2100 motors that produce great airflow to help you cool off faster. Outdoor palisade fans come in rust and oil rubbed bronze finishes with an array of blade sets to choose from to fit your outdoor decor. A light kit can also be added.

3. Concept I Wet Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire Concept i Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire Concept I Wet ceiling fan has a simple and sleek design that is perfect for any contemporary styled home. This fan has a product airflow of 6300 CFM. The Concept I wet fan comes in oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, and white finishes. Concept fans feature an integrated halogen light source and a 52” blade span. UL Wet listed. If you need a low profile outdoor fan check out Concept II Wet ceiling fan.

4. Pineapple Ceiling Fan

Ellington Pineapple Ceiling Fan

Ellington Pineapple fan is a very decorative tropical ceiling fan. (This is my favorite one out of this list) The Pineapple ceiling fan has an aged bronze finish and a 52” blade span. Product airflow of this fan is 4838.1 CFM. UL Damp rated. Comes with a wall and remote control.

5. Ball Ceiling Fan

Modern Fan Company Ball Fan Ceiling Fan

The Modern Ball fan has a minimalist design that Modern Fan Company is known for. This simple yet stylish ceiling fan comes in brushed aluminum and gloss white finishes. Ball ceiling fans are Energy Star compliant and can come with your choice of a CFL or Halogen light kit. This fan has a product airflow of 5986.5 CFM. UL Damp listed and has a 52” blade span. Modern Fan Ball Hugger ceiling fan is also available for low ceiling outdoor spaces.

6. Islander Ceiling Fan

Fanimation Islander Ceiling Fan

Fanimation Islander ceiling fan is a very popular outdoor tropical fan. Islander ceiling fans have a wide selection of decorative all-weather blade sets that are perfect for outdoor settings. The product airflow of this fan is 4788 CFM. The UL damp rated outdoor Islander fan comes is a rust finish and has a 52” blade span. Incandescent light kits are available for the Islander ceiling fan.

7. Maui Bay Ceiling Fan

Emerson Maui Bay Ceiling Fan

Emerson Maui Bay ceiling fan is a popular Emerson outdoor fan. Oil-rubbed bronze, antique brass, burnt copper, pewter, and weathered bronze are the finish options of the Maui Bay. The Maui Bay fan can come in a 52” or 80” blade span depending on the blade set that you choose. The blade sets range from hand carved walnut blades to woven sawgrass blades. This fan has a product airflow of 5140 CFM. UL damp listed. Light kits can also be added.

8. Gyro Wet Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire Gyro Wet Ceiling Fan

The Minka Aire Gyro Wet ceiling fan is a contemporary dual motor fan that will be a focal point to any outdoor setting. It includes dual 3 bladed 17″ turbofans that are adjustable up & down. This stylish ceiling fan comes in oil rubbed bronze or brushed nickel finish. This fan has a product airflow of 5050 CFM. Gyro Wet fans are UL Wet rated and come with a halogen light kit.

9. Altus Ceiling Fan

Modern Fan Company Altus Ceiling Fan

The Modern Fan Company Altus ceiling fan has a geometric design that is sophisticated. Altus ceiling fans will blend in to any home design and comes in a brushed aluminum or a gloss white finish. Modern’s Altus fan is Energy Star rated and UL Damp listed. Product airflow of this fan is 6215.4 CFM. The fan comes with 42” or 52” blade spans and the Altus fan also can come as a Altus hugger fan.

10. Dragonfly Ceiling Fan

Quorum Dragonfly Ceiling Fan

The Quorum Dragonfly ceiling fan is truly a one if a kind ceiling fan with water resistant canvas blades that are shaped like the wings of a dragonfly. Quorum’s Dragonfly fan comes in satin nickel and gloss white finishes. This fan has a product airflow of 4696 CFM. The blade span on the Dragonfly ceiling fan is 60” and Quorum also has a 72” Extra Large Dragonfly ceiling fan. Both are UL Damp listed.

Bonus: Concert Breeze Ceiling Fan

Hunter Concert Breeze Ceiling Fan

The Concert Breeze ceiling fan is by well-known and trusted Hunter Fan Company. Concert Breeze ceiling fans have a wireless sound system built in, that is compatible with audio sources such as MP3 players, televisions, and stereos. This hunter outdoor ceiling fan is UL Damp rated so it can add comfort and sound to your outdoor living with only one appliance. The product airflow of this fan is 4696 CFM.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans can be used indoors and outdoors. For more info about what to look for when buying an outdoor ceiling fan check out our post How to Choose an Outdoor Ceiling Fan.

Do you have a favorite outdoor ceiling fan? Is there an outdoor ceiling fan that you would like us to review? If so please leave a comment.

How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part Three

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part One we covered the type of fan for the ceiling height of your room, where the ceiling fan is going to be installed, the right blade span for the size of your room and determining the slope of your ceiling. And in How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part Two we covered deciding if you want a ceiling fan with light, choosing the right style and finish to compliment your rooms surroundings, and the ceiling fan motor quality.

Part Three of How to Buy a Ceiling Fan is the last part of this series. In this post we will cover the final things that you need to decide before buying the right ceiling fan for your home.

Shop for Fans with High Airflow and High Airflow Efficiency

Product airflow and airflow efficiency is very important when buying a ceiling fan. You will want to find a ceiling fan with high airflow and airflow efficiency.I know for me this is a must. Florida in the Summer gets really hot so I only want a ceiling fan that is going to produce the maximum air movement possible to help me cool off. I also want to make sure that the fan is efficient so I’m not using more energy than I have to.

Airflow from ceiling fans are measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). The higher the airflow the cooler you’ll be. High airflow depends on the size of your fan. The larger the fan the more airflow you will receive.

50″ and larger blade spans should produce airflow of 6500+ to 2999 CFM

42″ to 49″ blade span should produce airflow of 5000+ to 1999 CFM

41″ and under blade span should produce airflow of 4000+ to 1499 CFM

Airflow efficiency if measured by CFM/Watts. The airflow efficiency also depends on the size of the fan.

50″ and over blade span should have airflow efficiency of 99+ to 49.9 CFM/Watts

42″ to 49″ blade span should have airflow efficiency of 80+ to 39.9 CFM/Watts

41″ and smaller blade span should have airflow efficiency of 70+ to 24.9 CFM/Watts

I do not recommend that you buy a ceiling fan with lower airflow and airflow efficiency than what is listed above. Unless you just want a ceiling fan for decoration.

How do you want to Control your Ceiling Fan?

There are several ways to operate a ceiling fan. When you are shopping for a fan look for a ceiling fan with control that comes with the fan. This way you won’t have to worry about matching the right control with the ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans can be operated by a traditional wall control that allows you to operate the speed, lighting and sometimes forward/reversal of the fan without a pull chain.

My favorite way to operate a ceiling fan is with a remote control. Remote control ceiling fans allow you to stay comfortable on the couch and still control the ceiling fan with a touch of a button. Hand held remote controls for ceiling fans work by transmitting a frequency to the receiver unit in the ceiling fan. So if you don’t buy a ceiling fan that already comes with a remote buy a remote control and receiver unit that matches the brand of the ceiling fan and also is compatible with the model.

If you are installing a ceiling fan in a room with a high ceiling make sure you look for a control that has the forward/reverse option. This way you don’t have to drag out a ladder each season when you want to change the ceiling fan direction.

Who will Install the New Ceiling Fan?

The Big Question!!!

If you are going to be installing the ceiling fan yourself (or your significant other) you need to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. This is very important to make sure your new fan is installed and wired properly. You will also need to make sure you have all the proper tools handy. It is always a lot easier when you have someone helping you. Especially for weak people, like myself, who have a hard time lifting heavy objects or even not so heavy objects.

If you buy a decorative or heavy ceiling fan hire an electrician to install it. When you hire an electrician make sure they are licensed and insured. Talk to them over the phone about the ceiling fan and controls to make sure they are able to install what you need them to before hiring them. Make sure they have different ceiling fan electrical boxes and appropriate hardware just in case you need it. Ask if they have helpers to help them if you are needing them to hang a heavy or decorative ceiling fan.

Once your fan is installed sit back any enjoy the breeze from your new ceiling fan.

This wraps up the series. I hope that our How to Buy a Ceiling Fan series has helped and answered any questions you might have had about buying the right ceiling fan for your home.

Please comment if you have any further questions or if you found this series helpful in your pursuit of buying a ceiling fan.