Indoor VS Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Indoor VS Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a popular addition to any home, whether you're looking to improve your indoor comfort or add a touch of style to your outdoor living spaces.

While most people categorize ceiling fans as being indoor ceiling fans and outdoor ceiling fans, did you know that there are certain rooms ‘inside’ your house better suited for an ‘outdoor’ ceiling fan?  

ETL Safety Rating for Ceiling Fans by Prominence Home

Every Prominence Home ceiling fan has been laboratory tested and given an Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL) rating.

Ceiling fans are divided into three categories: dry rated, damp rated, or wet rated. 

Here is what you need to know about each category: 

 All three ETL fan ratings can be used indoors but not all fans can be used in damp or outdoor locations. 

Dry Rated

ETL dry rated fans are often referred to as indoor fans and should be used in dry, indoor locations only. They are perfect for bedrooms, living rooms, great rooms, dens and more, but should not be placed outside or in humid locations!  

Damp Rated

ETL damp rated fans are moisture-resistant but NOT built for direct exposure to the harsh outdoor elements. They are designed for covered porches and covered patios but also suggested for bathrooms and garages. Any indoor area that is frequently humid will require a damp-rated fan, but damp rated fans can be used in dry, indoor locations as well.  

Wet Rated

ETL wet rated ceiling fans, also known as our Extreme Elements™️ collection, are built superhero-strong. Its heavy-duty construction ensures it can handle direct exposure to the elements without compromising performance. These fans can easily handle the intense rain, snow, and ice of the outdoors and are built for use in all-weather areas such as pergolas, decks and more. However, they can also be used indoors or in humid/damp rooms if you prefer. 

Choosing a model with the correct ETL rating for your space will protect the warranty, extend the lifespan of your ceiling fan, and ensure the safety of your home.