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All About Outdoor Ceiling Fans

By Alan Youghal Subscribe to RSS | November 26th 2011 | Views:
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If you love being outside in you patio during summers but hot weather does not allow you, you need to go for outdoor cooling system. Such a system allows you to have a relaxing time in your veranda with your family and friends. You do not have to worry about the scorching heat and weather because the outdoor cooling system will give you enough cooling.

You can opt for outdoor ceiling fans for your porch, patio or veranda. There is a difference between indoor ceiling fan and outdoor ceiling fan. Outdoor ceiling fan is considered to be one of the outdoor cooling systems that people install them outside the house, in an open area. Indoor ceiling fans are for the indoors. These are not to be installed outside the house.

Wet and Damp Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Outdoor ceiling fans are rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL is a private testing facility and is an OSHA-recognized. UL also tests various items like fuses, flexible cords, circuit breakers, rheostats, lamps, bushings and insulation joints. They test the ceiling fans and rate them as either “wet” or “damp”. Wet outdoor ceiling fans are used during rainy season because they are designed in such a way that they can withstand rain, snow or any wet thing. They are used mostly during rainy and snowy reason. Damp Outdoor ceiling fans, on the other hand, should not be exposed to water. It can withstand high level of humidity but it won’t function properly if it is exposed to water. You can find designer ceiling-fans in these two types.

The Energy Star Program administered by the U.S. Department, sets safety criteria for electrical appliances. It checks and ensures that fans have controlling speed-levels separate from any lighting controls. It also sets the rate of energy used by appliances. It also ensures that such information is printed on the packaging.

The National Fire Protection Association develops the electrical codes for all electrical appliances. They also do it for outdoor ceiling fans.

Few Considerations While Choosing Your Outdoor Ceiling Fan

• Look at the blade pitch to know if the fan is able to move a good amount of air. Examine the blades-angle. The better the angle of the blades, the better air will be moved.

• Make sure that the fan is not making a humming sound. If it makes a humming sound, it means that the fan has a lower wattage.

• To make sure that the fan is of good quality and is made properly, check the pull-chain.

• Also, look at its motor size. The motor size as well as the blade pitch should match. If it does not match, it means that the fan is not of good quality.

You can buy outdoor ceiling fans at the local shops. If you wish to buy cheap ceiling fans, you can shop online. The companies offer great discount if you buy online. But before purchasing the fan, you need to make sure that it is of good quality and is able to move enough air in the room.

Alan Youghal - About Author:
This article talks about Outdoor cooling systems and Designer ceiling fans that come in two varieties – wet and damp. It also gives you tips on how to buy the perfect ceiling fan. It also talks about its electrical codes, Energy Star Program and Universal Laboratories.

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