With temperatures set to rise as this Summer starts its annual progression into July and August, you may be contemplating different ways to cool off and chill out. If you’ve already given this some thought and come to the conclusion that air conditioning is not the right option for you, then it’s time to start exploring other options, like fans! Now, if you’re immediately thinking to yourself, “Oh no, not one of those dinky fans that can barely cool me down when pointed straight at my face, let alone a whole room.” think again. Big Ass Fans, one of the future-forward, innovative branches of Big Ass Solutions, has some surprises for you. Big Ass Fans utilize energy-efficient motors with patented airfoil designs (Inspired by airplane wings!) to move large amounts of air not only smartly and efficiently, but quietly too.
First off, how did Big Ass Fans originally get started and what was the inspiration for it?
A: Big Ass Fans began in 1999 as the HVLS Fan Co. HVLS is an acronym for high-volume, low-speed, which is what differentiated our fans, mechanically, from traditional ceiling fans. Our first customers, who were in agriculture and manufacturing, would ask “are you the guys who make those Big Ass Fans?” Eventually, we saw the light. Now Big Ass is more than just massive, overhead fans. Big Ass Solutions includes residential fans, lights and controls.
Q: Big Ass Fans can be very large additions for some establishments, making the fans stand out all the more. Are Big Ass Fans able to be fitted for and blended in with any establishment’s current design scheme/decor?
A: The Big Ass Fans product line includes designs, sizes and finishes to complement any space. From a 52-inch bamboo Haiku® with an oil-rubbed bronze mount to a custom-painted, 12-ft Essence that matches your car, curtains or favorite team’s colors, Big Ass Fans can do it all. Interior designers looking for a minimalist solution rave about our Haiku fans, which are silent and unobtrusive. Homeowners and business owners who want to emphasize color, or a metal finish, can use the online Essence builder tool to build a functional customized centerpiece.
Q: One of your products, the Haiku, is the world’s first smart ceiling fan. Can you tell us a little bit about the Haiku, its functions and what makes it such a smart ceiling fan?
A: Crafted of sustainably-harvested Moso bamboo or durable matrix composite, Haiku holds the top ENERGY STAR® rankings in its category, silently delivering air circulation to spaces indoors and out. SenseME™ technology, introduced in 2014, enhances this elegant fan, monitoring room conditions, such as occupancy and temperature, and adjusting Haiku’s speed to automatically maintain an ideal comfort level as the environment changes.
Haiku with SenseME, the world’s only smart ceiling fan, provides the ultimate connected experience. It links the body’s natural cooling mechanism (air movement) with smart home technology for an efficient and intuitive approach to comfort.
Q: Is the Haiku capable of communicating with, and working with, other smart devices and gadgets?
A: Haiku with SenseME can be integrated with the Nest Learning Thermostat™ to communicate with your thermostat and suggest a higher set point when the fan is in use—giving your HVAC a break without sacrificing your comfort.
While integrations within the Internet of Things are common, the integration of a smart fan and a learning thermostat stands out because of its potential impact on home heating and cooling costs—and, of course, the underlying reduction in energy use. The pairing focuses energy usage on cooling people, not just the expensive effort of HVAC to cool rooms. When you enter or leave a space, Haiku’s motion sensors start or stop the fan to optimize energy conservation.
Q: Lastly, if you don’t mind us asking, what new projects and endeavors does Big Ass Solutions have up its sleeves?
A: We spend more than twice the industry average on research and development, which means we are always innovating. In the future, we hope to expand our footprint in the smart home and continue introducing new products with Big Ass quality and craftsmanship.