MAINTAIN EFFICIENT CEILING FANS: AVOID RUST!
When shopping for outdoor ceiling fans online, it's important to remember that they are built to withstand exposure to the elements while warding off pesky flying insects and cooling. But without the right fan or preventative measures, rust can take over and drastically reduce the lifespan and performance of ceiling fans. Homes that are subjected to moderate weather conditions don’t have to worry about this as much as those living in higher humidity areas, such as the coast. Much like mosquitoes, rust thrives in hot and humid weather conditions, and it normally occurs due to exposure of a mixture of water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Rust will attack a ceiling fan’s vulnerability (such as a scratched or cracked surface) and it can spread very quickly, weakening the integrity of your outdoor fan.
SHOPPING FOR OUTDOOR CEILING FANS ONLINE: WHAT TO LOOK
The best ceiling fans for outdoor use have water tight motor casings, sealants, compression fittings and o-rings, which is what helps them operate without being damaged by the elements that they can be exposed to.
DAMP RATED FANS
Damp-rated outdoor fans are built to endure dampness and humidity, as long as they’re in a completely covered area. Homes near the ocean, where air is saltier and humidity is higher, should use wet-rated fans because their blades are usually made of ABS plastic, and the hardware is typically powder coated and specially painted to avoid corroding.
Powder coated surfaces help avoid rust
Powder-coated surfaces hold up against rust better than polished metals, but if metals are your preference, then special finishes like cadmium or zinc (galvanization) will help protect from rusting.
Choose a ceiling fan with a dark finish
Dark, rustic finishes are also ideal choices for outdoor ceiling fans. Even if they rust, it will only add to the rustic appearance, and it won’t be as visually undesirable as it would on other ceiling fan styles and finishes.
THE BEST CEILING FANS FOR OUTDOOR USE ARE MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL, RESIN, PLASTIC & BRASS
Being aware is the best way to protect your outdoor fans from rust. When purchasing ceiling fans online, note what materials they are made of. Stainless steel is a good rust-resisting material, as it is denser, due to the high-pressured manufacturing process; resin, plastic and brass are also good materials for resisting rust. Polishing steel fixtures with household aluminum foil, dipped in water, can keep them looking nice and also wards off rust.
Remove Rust Immediately
If you notice rust beginning to accumulate on your around your ceiling fan, it is best to take measures to remove the rust as soon as possible. If you don’t, it will quickly spread to the rest of the fan, and it may not be salvageable.
Stick with the best ceiling fan brands
Avoid buying cheaper brand fans. Aside from being less efficient ceiling fans in certain weather conditions, they are built of lower quality materials, making them magnets for rust. When it comes to your household fixtures, you really do get what you pay for. Looking for a new outdoor ceiling fan? Check out the selection on our website.