Best Landscape Ground Cover
It doesn’t seem to matter which part of the country you’re in, heat and/or mosquitoes are two unfortunate certainties of summer.
Whether you’re a climate denier or activist, one can’t help but notice how difficult it’s become to sit and enjoy the outdoors.
Even BBQing has become somewhat of a challenge. As if the hot grill coupled with the summer heat wasn’t bad enough, the sudden influx of invasive mosquitoes has made it virtually unbearable for many.
Pools and bug sprays may work for some but for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have a pool, an oscillating fan can be the perfect solution to remedy both problems.
They’ll keep you and your guests cool and even better, it’s effective at keeping the pesky mosquitoes at bay.
If you have a pretty spacious yard, consider a fan with a relatively large diameter to cover a greater area.
You may also want to consider having two depending on the CFM. That way you have a continuous breeze which increases its effectiveness for keeping mosquitoes and other pests away.
So, here’s some recommendations for some of the best outdoor oscillating fans for your yard.
Tornado 24 Inch Pro Series
Some Things to Consider (or Avoid) When Buying an Outdoor Fan
Reliability comes with a price.
It’s cliche to say but you truly do get what you pay for when it comes to fans.
The more you pay, the better the quality is likely to be. In other words, it will be better constructed to withstand the elements and last longer.
And when you’re using it outdoors frequently, you’re going to want quality, especially, if you’re going with a wall mount fan.
Make sure it’s an outdoor fan.
The Fan Size
You don’t need to be an engineer to know that if you have a large area to cover, you’ll benefit from a bigger fan.
In most cases, the larger they are, the more volume of air that can be moved.
Industrial and ceiling fans are the largest with the most coverage and even without oscillation they are capable of pushing tremendous amounts of air.
When you’re shopping for a fan, one important feature to consider is the airflow volume measured in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute).
If you have a large backyard, you’ll probably want a fan with a high CFM, preferably over 2000.
It doesn’t have to be an industrial fan but if you’re outdoors, you want something that will push enough air to cover the area where you and your guests will be sitting.
What Type of Fan to Get
Pedestal fans are somewhat mobile and allow you to position the fan almost anywhere in your yard. Most also allow you to adjust the height and angle which gives it an advantage over other fans.
The height adjustment makes it perfect for grilling or when you’re sitting with guests. And the tilt adjustment allows you to aim the fan higher or lower.
If they’re large enough and they’re positioned correctly, they’ll keep the pests away and keep the area cool around you.
Unless otherwise indicated, most of these pedestal fans aren’t constructed to withstand the elements but as long as you store them away when not in use, they can be used as often as you’d like outdoors.
Wall Mounted Fans
Wall mounted fans are a great option if you want to blast cool air across a large area.
The elevation gives them a bit of an advantage as it doesn’t take up space and is safer for kids.
However, they do have a couple drawbacks – their construction and possible additional labor.
Most of the wall mounted fans aren’t constructed to endure the elements so since these are permanent fixtures, you’ll want to install it under some sort of roofline or cover.
Yes, they’re usually powder coated to help prevent rust but they won’t last long if they are completely exposed.
You’ll also need to install an outlet if there isn’t one nearby. At the very least, you want the run the cord fastened neatly down the wall or column.
Like pedestal fans, tower fans are somewhat mobile and can be picked up and moved around.
However, unlike pedestal blades, these are centrifugal and don’t generate as much volume of air as other fans which is why they are typically used indoors.
Any oscillating fan is better than none.
But if you have the budget, most would recommend a pedestal fan so you have the option of using it indoors and out.