Even a fairly gentle current of air acts as a deterrent to bugs like mosquitoes, wasps, flies, and bees.
(PRWEB) August 04, 2013
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The summer months are meant to be spent outside: grilling, walking, reading, or just laying out in the sun. But high heat and humidity can often drive people indoors, even when they’d rather be outside.
HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to help beat the heat – even outdoors – with one surprisingly simple solution: outdoor ceiling fans.
Outdoor ceiling fans are one of the only effective ways to cool an outdoor space, and they work in a variety of environments. As long as there’s a ceiling, overhang, or (in a climate that’s temperate year-round) a pergola to mount the fan to and to conceal the electrical wiring, an outdoor ceiling fan is a viable option in any climate.
Air conditioners both big and small use a special process to actually lower the temperature in a room. Because ceiling fans are simpler machines, they only move air rather than changing its temperature. But in the case of an outdoor space, this is actually a good thing: even a stationary air conditioner would be wasted, because the cooled air would dissipate immediately. Ceiling fans simply move air, but the sensation of the air blowing across bare skin makes it feel about five degrees cooler than it actually is.
What this means for an outdoor space is that the apparent temperature can be lowered without any energy or cold air wasted, making an open outdoor space much more comfortable. Outdoor ceiling fans turn hot, stagnant air into a gentle, cool-feeling breeze that can bring relief during the hottest part of the day. Combined with the shade of an overhang or awning, a covered outdoor space can be made to feel much cooler than the surrounding area.
Of course, this is all more or less what ceiling fans do inside as well. But outdoor ceiling fans come with an added bonus: they can also fend off insects. Even a fairly gentle current of air acts as a deterrent to bugs like mosquitoes, wasps, flies, and bees, creating a sort of barrier wherever the air is being circulated. This can allow a closed porch to become an open porch, acting as a supplement or even a replacement for bug zappers or citronella candles.
Outdoor ceiling fans are also a great addition for an outdoor kitchen, as they can be used as a passable replacement for more expensive outdoor range hoods. Because ceiling fans work by pulling air upward, placed over a grill or other outdoor cooktop, they can help wick away smoke and keep the air in a semi-enclosed outdoor space a little bit clearer – not to mention helping reduce the heat where it accumulates around large cooking appliances.
For anyone not lucky enough to live in one of the few parts of the world that has mild, temperate weather year round, the biggest concern with outdoor ceiling fans should be how well they will hold up over time. Unlike outdoor furniture, outdoor ceiling fans can’t be covered or stowed in the off season, and wherever there’s water, electricity should always be a concern. But as long as the ceiling fan is mounted to a sturdy overhang, both the wiring and the motor should be more than adequately protected from rain or snow. Likewise, outdoor ceiling fans are typically designed with weather-friendly blades, made either of plastic or a typical outdoor material like bamboo or rattan, and other weather-resistant features, so unlike a painted wood indoor fan, they won’t chip, warp, rust, or peel if exposed to harsh weather conditions.
For more ideas on how to make an outdoor ceiling fan work, or to see a few great designs in action, read the full article here.
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