Best Energy Star rated outdoor ceiling fans

What is Energy Star rating?

Energy Star rating is a rating given by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for ceiling fans and any other appliances that qualify a certain number of criteria. These criteria vary with the appliances.

What is the relevance of the Energy Star rating?

The Energy Star program was introduced in 1992 to help promote energy-efficient products. An Energy Star rated outdoor ceiling fan is 20% more energy efficient than other fans in its class. This rating also guarantees that you will recoup the additional money you pay for the Energy Star rated fan over a normal one within a reasonable time-frame.

Criteria for a ceiling fan to get Energy Star rating

For outdoor ceiling fans, any that qualifies the below criteria is given an energy star rating;

1. Airflow efficiency requirements

Fan speedMinimum AirflowMinimum Efficiency Requirement
Low1250 CFM155 CFM/Watt
Medium3000 CFM100 CFM/Watt
High5000 CFM75 CFM/Watt

Here the above values of airflow efficiency (CFM of the fan per Watt of energy) for low, medium and high-speed settings of the ceiling fan are set as the qualifying criteria for the Energy star rating. If the fan has more than three-speed settings then the manufacturer can select which speed settings need to be used to fulfill the above criteria.

Please note that the above criteria are valid only when the fan is running in its downward-blowing direction.

2. Lighting requirements

If the outdoor ceiling fan comes with a light kit then the light kit should fulfill the energy efficiency criteria for Luminaires.

3. Controls

The fan should be easily operated conveniently by either a wall switch, remote control or a pull chain. The light kit (if it has one) should have an independent control setting.

In addition, the outdoor ceiling fan should come with an independent direction control (ie, it should be able to run in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions).

4. Warranty

To qualify for an Energy Star rating the warranty of the outdoor ceiling fan should be a minimum of 30 years for the motor, and at least one year for all other components.

Note: Hugger fans are not eligible for Energy Star.

Best Energy Efficient Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Here are the top 7 outdoor ceiling fans that come with the Energy Star certification;

  1. Emerson CF765WW Loft
  2. Emerson CF78SW Carrera Grande Eco
  3. Minka-Aire SunDowner
  4. Honeywell Belmar
  5. Hunter Bridgeport
  6. Monte Carlo Maverick
  7. Hunter Cassius

I made this list based on the popularity, reviews, and ratings of these fans. I didn’t test any of these hands-on. There are wet rated as well as damp rate fans in this selection but in no particular order. So I recommend you check the specifications given in this article to get the right rated fan for your requirement.

1. Emerson CF765WW Loft

Emerson Loft is an industrial looking ceiling fan suitable for both outdoor and indoor areas. It is big in size with a blade span of 60 inches. Its blades have a contoured shape to maximize airflow efficiency. The average blade pitch of this fan is 14 degrees.

It can move up to 6916 cubic feet of air at its highest speed. With an average airflow efficiency of 115 CFM/Watt, the Loft ceiling fan comes with an Energy Star rating.

Specifications:

Max CFM6916
Blade span60 inch
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated
No. of blades3
Pitch of bladeCountoured
Blade finishAppliance white, barbeque black and brushed steel
ControlsWall control, remote control
Speeds4
Light kitNo
Average Airflow efficiency115
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year

Emerson Loft is available in 3 finishes; appliance white, barbeque black and brushed steel. It is controlled via a 4-speed wall control. You can also get a remote control option.

Though this is an outdoor fan it cannot be used in open roof areas where it comes in direct contact with water. This is because it is a damp-rated fan, not wet-rated.

You can run this fan in the reverse direction during winter months. There is a switch on top of it to enable this but I am afraid you will have to have a ladder to switch it ON.

Emerson CF765 comes with a lifetime warranty for its motor. All other components are covered under a 1-year warranty.

2. Emerson Carrera Grande Eco

Carrera Grande Eco is another Energy Star rated outdoor ceiling fan by Emerson. This one uses a DC motor, and compared to AC motors the DC ones are far more energy-efficient. DC motors are much quieter as well.

Please note that the blades for this model need to be purchased separately.

Specifications:

Max CFM7929.8 (for 72-inch model)
Blade span54, 60, 72 inches (blades need to be bought separately)
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated (Antique Pewter finish is not recommended for outdoor usage)
No. of blades5
Pitch of blade16
Blade finishAntique Pewter, brushed steel, gilded bronze, golden espresso, oil-rubbed bronze, satin white, Venetian bronze
ControlsWall control with receiver
Speeds6
Light kitNot included but compatible
Average Airflow efficiency265
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year
Spec sheetClick here

The bad thing about this fan is that you need to buy the blades separately. The good thing is that you can choose from around 50 different finishes.

With 72 inch blades, this fan can move a 7930 CFM of air and has an airflow efficiency of 265. However, these values change with blade sizes but all models are still Energy Star certified.

The blade pitch of Emerson Carrera Grande Eco is higher than those of most fans; it is 16 degrees whereas a normal fan blade has up to 14 degrees. The higher blade pitch helps to flow more air though it offers more resistance to the blades. Since the motor is super efficient it this resistance doesn’t reflect on energy consumption.

This outdoor ceiling fan comes with 5 blades and in 7 finishes. Though the fan is damp rated the ‘Antique Pewter’ blades are not suitable for outdoor usage. Also, this fan is not suitable for wet areas.

The motor of the fan is covered under a lifetime warranty whereas the other components are warrantied only for 1-year.

3. Minka-Aire SunDowner

SunDowner by Minka-Aire is a wet rated outdoor ceiling fan that is suitable for open roof outdoor spaces. It is designed to handle exposure to water and snow.

This is a 54 inch fan with a maximum airflow of 6401 CFM. It comes with 5 blades each having a pitch of 16 degrees.

It is available in four finishes; Black, black iron with aged iron, Mossoro walnut, and white.

Specifications:

Max CFM6401
Blade span54 inch
Wet/Damp RatingWet-rated, UL listed
No. of blades5
Pitch of blade16
Blade finishBlack, black iron with aged iron, Mossoro walnut, white
ControlsPull chain, optional wall switch
Speeds3
Light kitNot included but compatible
Average Airflow efficiency92
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year
Spec sheetClick here

The SunDowner is operated via a pull chain. You can also use a wall control for this fan. It runs at 3 speeds. Its lowest RPM is 50, and the highest is 161. It can move 1747 CFM of air at its lowest speed and there has its highest airflow efficiency 185 CFM/Watt.

It doesn’t come with a light kit but it is compatible with Minka-Air light kits which can be bought separately.

This outdoor ceiling fan comes with a limited lifetime warranty for its motor and a 1-year warranty for all its other components.

4. Honeywell Belmar

Honeywell Belmar 52 inch outdoor ceiling fan
Honeywell Belmar

Honeywell Belamar is one of the cheapest outdoor ceiling fans which provides excellent value for money. It is one of my favorites and you can find it in many of my top list articles.

At its top speed, it moves 5070 cubic feet of air per minute. Its airflow efficiency at the highest speed setting is 89 CFM/Watt. This is a very efficient and Energy Star rated ceiling fan suitable for covered outdoor areas. Since it is only ‘Damp rated’ it cannot be used in open roof spaces.

Specifications:

Max CFM5070
Blade span52 inch
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated
No. of blades5
Pitch of blade12
Blade finishOil-rubbed bronze, white
ControlsPull chain, compatible with Honeywell ceiling fan remotes
Speeds3
Light kitNot included but compatible
Airflow efficiency at high speed89
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year

Honeywell Belamar has 5 blades each with a pitch of 12 inches. It has a blade span of 52 inches which is the most popular fan size for indoor as well as outdoor use.

It is operated via a pull chain and is compatible with any Honeywell remotes. It doesn’t come with a light kit but you can buy a compatible one separately.

Like all other outdoor fans above this one too comes with a limited lifetime warranty for its motor and a 1-year warranty for all other components.

If you are looking for a low cost outdoor fan definitely check this model.

5. Hunter Bridgeport

‘Bridgeport’ by the company ‘Hunter’ is a damp-rated ceiling fan suitable for covered outdoor spaces like porches, patios, etc. It is 52 inches in size and its blades have a pitch of 13 degrees. Its motor is whisper-quiet, in fact, the motor is called ‘WhisperWind’. It efficiently moves 3695 cubic feet of air per minute.

Specifications:

Avg. CFM3695
Blade span52 inch
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated
No. of blades5
Pitch of blade13
Blade finishwhite
ControlsPull chain
Speeds3
Light kitNot included but compatible
Airflow efficiency100
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year

Its average airflow efficiency rating is 100 CFM/Watt. It is Energy Star rated and consumes only 37 Watt on average.

This is also one of the cheapest fans in this list with a yearly estimated energy cost of just $10.

Hunter Bridgeport is controlled via a pull chain. It has 3-speed settings and also a switch to reverse the motor direction.

It comes with Installer’s Choicemounting system which allows for low, standard and angled mounting.

It is also compatible with a light kit though that is not included in the package.

This fan is covered under a limited lifetime warranty for its motor, and a 1-year warranty for its components.

6. Monte Carlo Maverick

Maverick by the company Monte Carlo is one of my favorite outdoor fans. Its blades are made of Balsa wood and they are hand-carved. The fan looks great in any environment.

It comes with a DC motor which is why it is so super-efficient. With an airflow efficiency rating of 302 CFM/Watt (for 60 inch blade span), it is among the most energy-efficient ceiling fans.

Specifications:

Max. CFM8244
Blade span60 inch
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated
No. of blades3
Pitch of blade13
Blade finishwood
ControlsRemote control
Speeds6
Light kitNot included but compatible
Airflow efficiency302
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year

Since it is run by a DC motor the Maverick fan is super quiet. In addition to the 60-inch size model, it is also available in 52, 70, 88 and 99-inch sizes.

This is a premium ceiling fan, therefore it is definitely costlier than other fans listed here.

Maverick is a damp rated fan which makes it suitable for covered outdoor areas. However, it cannot be used in open roof spaces as direct contact with water or snow will damage it.

This fan is available in a number of finished. It has really good build quality, and the blades are very well balanced. The motor of this fan can be reversed using the remote control.

If you have the budget, I highly recommend this fan for your home.

7. Hunter Cassius

Cassius by Hunter is an industrial styled ceiling fan suitable for indoor as well as covered outdoor areas. It is 52 inches in size and has an average CFM of 3631. It is Energy Star rated with an airflow efficiency of 98.

It has 3-speed settings which are controlled by a pull chain.

Specifications:

Avg. CFM3631
Blade span52 inch
Wet/Damp RatingDamp-rated
No. of blades3
Pitch of blade13
Blade finishMatte black, fresh white, premier bronze
ControlsPull chain
Speeds3
Airflow efficiency98
Motor WarrantyLimited lifetime
Warranty for other components1-year

Hunter Cassius is available in 3 finishes; Matte black, premier bronze and fresh white.

It uses the same type of motor as in the Hunter Bridgeport model; WhisperWind. It is a very quiet motor, and it is also reversible using a switch mounted on its top side. The fan also comes with a 3-position mounting system for easy installation on angles, low or standard mounting.

It is priced pocket-friendly. Like all other outdoor ceiling fans listed here this one too comes with a 1-year warranty for its components and a limited lifetime warranty for the motor.

Conclusion

Energy Star rated outdoor ceiling fans can save a good amount of money in the long run. Some models are very costly but models like Belmar, Bridgeport and Cassius have justifiable prices.

Unfortunately, the only wet rated fan having an Energy Star rating in my list is Minka Aire SunDowner, so you are not left with many options there.

If you find an Energy Star rated fan with the right price, by all means, go for it. If there are any good fans that you know of, feel free to let me know in the comments.

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