Indoor, Damp or Wet: Which Ceiling Fan Is Right For You?

Thinking of adding a ceiling fan to the verandah so you can relax in comfort after a hard day’s work?  Or maybe it’s your lanai or Florida room?  Or the bathroom, the kitchen or the rec room in the basement.  There’s a fan for every room in your house – or outside your house.  Here’s how to determine which one you need.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan that’s rated for Indoor use can only be used indoors.  At first glance it might not look like there’s any real difference, and in some cases there isn’t.

However, and indoor fan might have blades made of natural elements like bamboo or palm fronds, or unfinished wood.  These elements, if exposed to moisture, will eventually warp and maybe even start to mold.

The motor on an indoor fan isn’t protected against moisture either.  It may be sealed so you never have to worry about oiling the bearings, but excessive moisture could cause rust or electrical problems.

Never use an fan rated “Indoor” in a bathroom, basement or attic, or any room that’s excessively moist or humid.

(Dont forget to checxk out this blog post on Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans)

Damp Ceiling Fans

Damp Ceiling fans are designed for use in covered areas and can stand up to moisture and humidity.  They’re ideal for covered porches or decks, basements or attics, and bathrooms.  The blades are constructed from materials that can withstand moisture and humidity and the motors are sealed for protection.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Outdoor Ceiling Fans are the most durable of all.  Use them on open decks or pergolas, or anywhere they might be exposed to the weather.  Blades and motors are specially sealed for resistance and durability.

Can You Use An Outdoor Fan Indoors?

You can use a fan that’s rated for outdoor use anywhere.  You can use a “damp” fan indoors, too, but you can’t use it outdoors.  And you can only use an “indoor” fan indoors.

That said, there are other considerations.  You might like the design of an outdoor fan and think it would look great in your bedroom.  But it may end up being more than you wanted to spend and you’d be paying for features you really don’t need.

On the other hand, outdoor fans often have larger blades to move a larger volume of air and that might be exactly what you need to compensate for that cathedral ceiling in your living room.

That cute little “damp” ceiling fan for bathrooms might be too small for your kitchen, but what if you bought three and placed them strategically throughout the room?

The ratings – Indoor, Damp and Wet – are only there to let you know where you can’t use those fans.  As long as you’re mindful of those guidelines, you can use those fans anywhere you want.  So go ahead.  If you love those big acrylic palm fronds on that outdoor fan and you think it would work well and look great in your game room, go for it.  The choice is yours.

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