Bowral, a large town located at New South Wales, enjoys its reputation as the biggest business and entertainment centre in the whole Highlands. Being in the Highlands, it enjoys temperate climate at an average of 19⁰C a year that its urban contemporaries do not enjoy. Its fresh crisp air that does not compromise the amenities of modern living has made it a rural retreat of Sydney’s elite, especially during the winter. With its amazing location and gentle weather, why on earth would someone have ceiling fans installed outdoors?
It is a common misconception that outdoor ceiling fans are installed to keep the air cool while temperatures rise. Although this is partly true, ceiling fans are actually quite versatile and will also be in use in cooler weather. With its blades running on reverse, it effectively pulls rising warm air and circulates it downwards to keep the temperature comfortably warm. Unlike summer or indoor fans that are turned off when not in use, outdoor fans are left on to allow warm air to circulate freely.
Bowral is often balmy, so ceiling fans for outdoor use may not often require powerful motors. However, these are available in wet or damp units. These are rating terms used by Underwriters Laboratories for fans manufactured or sold in the United States. Go for wet models if there is a tendency for the unit to become directly in contact with water, in the form of rain or snow, as in the case of open or uncovered patio. Damp varieties may be used in places such as an enclosed gazebo or a covered porch.
It is important that ceiling fans have the right kind of fan diameter to effectively circulate air in the area. The larger the place, the larger the fan blades should be on that fan. It should also be located high enough to clear everybody’s heads yet low enough to get the air circulated properly. Go for hangers so that you can easily dismantle the blades in case of a heavy thunderstorm.
As much as it allow you to cool down, aesthetics is also important in the case of outdoor ceiling fans. Choose ones that complement the ambiance and design of the outdoor decors – whether it’s a bench or the trees that will surround it. Go for materials that will not show dirt or corrosion as the fans will definitely be exposed to the elements. Blades are often made of ABS plastic and motor casings come with weather resistant powder coating.
In the summer, where outdoor ceiling fans may be working overtime, a unit with a high EPA Energy Star rating will not adversely affect the electricity bills. Energy star logos are often seen in ceiling fan models imported from the United States. This certification assures consumers that the product is safe and will not waste energy.
If you have an extra budget, why not go for ceiling fans that have additional bells and whistles? One such popular trend is having outdoor ceiling fans that have lighting included. Although these operate independently from each other, the illumination provided by the lighting fixture saves you energy and separate installation. This is especially helpful when you entertain at night.
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