These Overhead Fans Will Make Your Porch a More Comfortable Place to Spend a Summer Afternoon
Upgrade this outdoor space with some built-in climate control.
Nothing beats the simple pleasure of lounging on your porch while sipping a glass of lemonade (or rosé), surrounded by good company. But during the summer months, the days and nights can be sweltering, which is why an overhead fan is necessary. Unlike a standing iteration, an overhead appliance is more discrete and doesn't take up precious square footage, making them well worth the investment.
To help you find the correct one for your space, we tapped home improvement and lifestyle expert Kathryn Emery and asked her to share a few general buying tips. "Outdoor ceiling fans should withstand moisture, humidity, and overall weather," she notes. "If the fan is directly above where you're using it, a standard 52-inch option will work well. If you need more air flow across a wider space, consider larger blades or installing two fans." Finally, make sure the cooler isn't mounted too high or else you won't be able to feel the circulated air. Explains Emery, "If your ceiling is higher than 10 feet, you'll want an extended down rod to bring it closer to you." Ahead, the breeziest porch fans to keep you and your loved ones cool during summertime lounge sessions.
Looking for something with a tropical vibe that will make you feel as if you are on vacation? This option is a great choice; one side has a palm leaf design and the other is classic wicker.
Shop Now: Bay Isle Home Reversible Blades Ceiling Fan, $147, wayfair.com.
"If you're using your space at night consider a fan with a light—preferably LED bulbs since they use minimal energy," explains Emery. This iteration is ideal if you're a night owl who often hosts guests late into the evening.
Shop Now: Casa Vieja Damp Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan with LED Light, $269.95, target.com.
At 60-inches wide, this fan has larger blades than your average appliance, making it perfect for bigger outdoor spaces. It's damp rated (as opposed to wet rated), and is ideal if you want something elegant that won't be exposed to salt water or extreme humidity.
Shop Now: Possini Euro Design Damp Rated Porch Fan in Nickel Wood with LED Light, $459.95, target.com.
If you want an outdoor overhead lamp in classic white with all the trimmings (wet rated, efficient airflow, LED lights) then this one from Lumens is your best bet.
Shop Now: Lumens Lighting Gauguin Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Light, $470, lumens.com.
This damp rated ceiling fan is perfect if you prefer a more industrial, modern style as opposed to traditional white or wicker designs.
Shop Now: Casa Vieja Damp Rated Industrial Cage Outdoor Ceiling Fan, $429.99, target.com.
If you like the industrial vibe of the previous piece, but want something a bit more subtle, consider this wet rated model that has an LED bulb inside a vintage Edison style cage.
Shop Now: Casa Vieja Orb Marlowe Wet Rated LED Ceiling Fan, $260, lampsplus.com.
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