Tips for installing an outdoor gazebo fan include selecting a fan with an outdoor rating, adding a downrod to lower the fan from a high ceiling and choosing a location that protects the fan from the rain. Fans with longer blades move more air while fans with five or more blades move less air. Wide blades tend to provide a gentler breeze.
Because a gazebo fan suffers exposure to the elements, owners should install fans rated for outdoor use. Many indoor fans have blades made of composite materials, which cannot withstand the high humidity. Manufacturers use motors on outdoor fans that are able to withstand the weather.
Gazebo owners should consider the ceiling height of the structure in selecting the fan. If it is low, a ceiling mount fan keeps the blades out of the way. However, with a high or open ceiling in the structure, adding an extended downrod brings the fan to a level where it provides the best cooling for users.
Even with the outdoor rating, installers should not place fans where they face constant exposure to the elements. In a gazebo with a pagoda roof, providing a solid ceiling above the fan protects it and increases its life expectancy.