Imagine getting your hands on what you think is the perfect ceiling fan for your covered patio. It’s the right size for the space, and it’s just the right color to enhance your outdoor area’s overall appearance. So, you get it out of the box, mount it, and then sit outside and sip on a glass of cold iced tea under the cool breeze of your new fan. It’s perfect! Over time, though, you notice it’s not working as well as it used to. Also, the hardware is rusting, and the blades are warped.

Obviously, this isn’t the look you were going for! What just happened is that you likely purchased a fan that, although it looked amazing, wasn’t damp-rated — and it happens to more folks than you think. Believe it or not, there is a major difference between indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, and knowing this will save you a ton of time, energy, and frustration.

The good news is that all fans at The Original Windmill Ceiling Fan Company are damp-rated! See our selection here.

Indoor vs. Outdoor fans and damp-rated

All ceiling fans are subject to a rating system to help buyers determine which is the best one for the location they intend to use it for. Indoor fans, which are dry-rated, are meant for indoor use, such as in a bedroom, living room, foyer, or dining room. They will not function properly if exposed to water or moisture (see the example above).

Conversely, outdoor fans are either damp-rated or wet-rated. Granted, they are universal in that they can be used indoors, too. But they are typically located outside. Damp-rated ceiling fans can be mounted in areas that have no direct exposure to water, rain, or snow but can handle their fair share of moisture in damp areas and still keep the air circulating in that area for years to come.  Additional locations for a damp-rated ceiling fan include:

  • Covered patio
  • Screened porch
  • Bathroom
  • Outdoor or indoor kitchen
  • Carports
  • Garages

If you need a fan for an exposed deck, gazebo, or pergola, it must be wet-rated. These fans can handle anything that Mother Nature throws at them. Essentially, you could hit it with a water hose, and it’d be perfectly fine.

The Original Windmill Ceiling Fan Company has your damp-rated fans

At The Original Windmill Ceiling Fan Company, we pride ourselves on bringing authentic, historically-designed windmill ceiling fans to houses, bardominiums, and outdoor living spaces across America at a price worth every penny. We are the only windmill ceiling fan supplier that provides custom fans to match your personality and style.

  1. Quickly match the finish of your fan to the rest of your home
  2. A one-of-a-kind look and feel
  3. Not mass-produced
  4. Made in America
  5. Unrivaled strength and craftsmanship
  6. DAMP-RATED

Rather than sitting on a shelf in a factory warehouse, our fans are built to order, and our craftsmanship is catered to your every need. Call today at 972-834-5555 or visit www.windmillceilingfans.com.