Written by Eric Blank for TheSmartCave.com – Original article can be found here.
Everything else in your house is getting smarter, so why not your ceiling fan too? Believe it or not the best cutting edge smart fans can save energy (which translates to $$ on your monthly bill) without you ever having to lift a finger. Plus, our top pick has the luxurious looks that will make you feel rich and famous (or at least rich).
In order to add a smart ceiling fan to your house, you have a couple options:
- A completely new fan with wireless smart technology built right into it. I will call this the fully integrated smart ceiling fan.
- A wireless controller that installs inside the housing of your existing ceiling fan.
- A wireless controller that replaces your existing wall switch for the ceiling fan.
For this article, I will only be talking about the fans that fall into category 1. There are various smart switches and controllers available that can convert your existing ceiling fan into a smart fan, but that’s not what I’m discussing here. Instead, these are complete ceiling fans that have wireless technology integrated within the fan itself. They will give you the most smart features and will be the simplest to set up. At this point, there are only a handful of fully integrated models available, but there’s a clear leader in the category.
BEST SMART CEILING FAN
I remember a few years ago when I first learned about the Nest Learning Thermostat (I promise this ties in with ceiling fans). It impressed me on two different levels. On the surface, it looked cool and modern, plus the learning part appealed to my love of gadgets. But on a deeper level, it impressed me because it was so unexpected that I could find myself so enamored with a thermostat. In the past, a thermostat was not something that was flashy or interesting. You just tried to hide it on the wall somewhere and hoped you never had to touch it. But Nest changed that. They made thermostats exciting.
And now, Big Ass Fans has made ceiling fans exciting with their line of Haiku ceiling fans. They have raised the bar and are in a class of their own when it comes to smart ceiling fans. There is no competitor that comes even close to combining the quality, the look, and the smart control of these fans. With Haiku, you get world class aesthetics and engineering plus the convenience of automated, energy saving operation. You can choose from a variety of blade construction materials and sizes to get the exact look and price you want.
WORLD CLASS HARDWARE
Light weight, high quality components combine with a patent pending motor system to guarantee a long life of virtually silent operation. Haiku blades are carefully shaped with curved edges to create airfoils. This allows the blades to slice through the air more quietly and efficiently than their flat-bladed competitors. The careful engineering of Haiku ceiling fans allows them to exceed industry efficiency standards by 4X.
WEEBLES WOBBLE BUT HAIKU FANS DON’T
Have you ever been in a room with an unbalanced ceiling fan? The off-balance blades cause the whole structure to wobble. You hear a wahh-wahh-wahh-wahhh noise as the fan’s wobbling puts stress on the bearings and the motor. You hear the clink-clink-clink…. of the pull chain as it bounces off the light fixture. It’s probably not a very pleasant experience and definitely not a luxurious experience. You won’t have to worry about that with Haiku fans. They are individually tested and balanced at the factory. If it wobbles, send it back and they’ll fix it for free.
INDUSTRY LEADING SMART TECHNOLOGY
Haiku ceiling fans are “smart” ceiling fans, but what makes them smart? SenseMe is the name Haiku gives to their smart ceiling fan technology. It’s included standard on all indoor models except the L series which requires the SenseMe Wall Control to enable SenseMe benefits. It uses a combination of sensors to monitor room conditions, and a WiFi connection to link up with your smart home.
ONLY ON WHEN YOU NEED IT ON
The SenseMe motion sensors detect whether a room is occupied and turn the fan and light on or off as required. Haiku fans are the only ceiling fans to have a fully integrated motion sensing system to automatically control on/off function.
SMART HOME INTEGRATIONS SAVE EVEN MORE ENERGY
In addition to being extremely efficient when it’s running and automatically shutting itself off when it’s not needed, these smart fans can also work with a few other smart home devices to help save even more energy. Haiku fans can connect to Nest and Ecobee thermostats to help reduce both heating and cooling costs. Haiku calls these features smarter heating and smarter cooling. For my detailed explanation of how smarter heating and cooling work, click here. I don’t expect the reduced energy cost to pay for the fan, but it does help offset the cost a little bit. Plus, if you’re concerned about your energy footprint, this will only help you reduce it.
GREAT FANS, GREAT COMPANY
Let’s not kid ourselves. These fans are not cheap. The people at Haiku Home are selling a premium product at a premium price. And, if they’re going to try to sell a ceiling fan for $600+ they need to have more than just an amazing product. They have to stand behind their product with an amazing sales and support team. I’ve had email and live chat exchanges with support. I’ve talked to salesmen on the phone. In my opinion, support from Big Ass Fans has been wonderful and salesmen have been helpful without being pushy. Everyone I have dealt with in their company has been a class act. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Skim through some of the reviews on Amazon. Even in cases where customers had problems, support was timely, courteous and helpful in solving the customers’ problems.
YEAH, THEY’RE EXPENSIVE, BUT SO ARE DIAMONDS
I know, $600 is a lot to spend on a ceiling fan. But, you’ve made it this far through the article so you must be at least considering it. Of course, the $600 L series is only the entry level model. The models offer larger sizes and natural wood blades or even polished aluminum blades. Each fan is available in a variety of finishes that range from warm, inviting wood to “blow you away” style modern artwork. Keep in mind, your ceiling fan is likely to be the only thing on the ceiling. When people look up it is the ONLY thing they’re going to see. You want the best and you’re willing to pony up to get it.
For more information on Haiku Fans by Big Ass Fans, contact Tawada CleanTech (authorised dealer for Indonesia).