The first ceiling fans were invented in the 1870s and 1880s for industrial spaces such as warehouses and factories. The first ceiling fans operated on belts powered not by electricity but by water powered turbines. As ceiling fans evolved and eventually became popular for residential interiors, motors and blade sizes changed and involved into what we see today. Residential ceiling fans
became more popular in the 1970s and their popularity has ebbed over the following decades with the increase in air conditioning. Today's homeowners use ceiling fans in conjunction with air conditioning indoors. With the move to central air conditioning inside, the popularity of interior fans evolved to outdoor ceiling fans. Used in covered spaces, never directly exposed to the elements, outdoor ceiling fans look like their interior counterparts and operate similarly with multiple speeds, remote controls and light kit options.
The Fanimation Torrento 52in Traditional Outdoor Ceiling Fan
pictured here is a handsome example of a functional and stylish outdoor ceiling fan that doesn't require a ceiling. Mounted on a pole, this ceiling fan is perfect for an outdoor living or dining area such as a deck, patio, porch or sunroom where there is not an overhead electrical source. It can be moved for inclement weather or a the end of the season. Ornate details and swooping lines give this unique ceiling fan a vintage feeling that will work with traditional style outdoor furniture and accessories. Available in a range of finishes and colors to complement a variety of outdoor designs.