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Design Freedom, inc.
also check the EnergyStar ratings for your ceiling fans. some are much more efficient than others at moving air - which means less electricity spent, and better air circulation at lower (less noisy) speeds. specifically, go to the EnergyStar website products list and compare the highest CFM per watt at the lowest speed rating for each fan.
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I think industrial (not designer industrial) ceiling fans with aluminum or stainless steel blades would be ideal for a porch, as it gets very hot there and it isn't air-conditioned. For indoors, I like the brass ceiling fans with wood blades with cane inserts and stuff you'd find in a typical classic-style fan.
   
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Hansen Wholesale

The article mentions that a ceiling fan can make you feel 8 degrees cooler, but that is very misleading. One person mentioned they don't feel anything from their fans, which will be the case with many outdoor fans if you don't pay attention to the specs. Because most outdoor applications are not enclosed by Walla, you do not get the added benefit of the air bouncing off the walls, so what you feel is only going to be directly beneath the fan. So bigger is better. But the bigger a fan is, the less intense the airflow may be because most larger fans spin slower. So you need to look at the wind speed rather than the CFMs. If you want to feel the breeze, look for fans that can produce a wind speed of at least 3.5 MPH.

Here's a link to outdoor ceiling fans at Hansen Wholesale filtering outdoor ceiling fans 48" to 72" by highest wind speed.

https://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceiling-fans/shop-by-type/outdoor-ceiling-fans?dir=desc&fan_blade_span_filter=229033%2C229032&fan_motor_windspeed_rating=228702%2C228701&order=fan_motor_mph


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