Based in Lexington, KY, Big Ass Fans (BAF) is making their mark on the residential ceiling fan industry, perhaps turning this space on its head. Their latest Haiku Residential Ceiling Fan is the world’s most efficient, quiet and sustainable ceiling fan around, according to the company, and its making quite a stir. With a sleek minimalist look, sculpted fan blades and highly efficient operation, it is a marvel to see and hear, or in this case, “not hear” because it’s brilliantly silent. You can stand right under it, and literally can’t hear a thing besides the wind blowing past your ears.
Unlike most ceiling fans, which use low-cost, AC motors that offer poor energy efficiency, Haiku runs on a brushless, electronically commutated DC motor for increased energy efficiency. Designed for both residential and commercial applications, Haiku ceiling fans use very low 2-30 watts of power, significantly exceeding Energy Star requirements.
Design-wise, it has won a ton of awards, and contains airfoils (blades with a 60-inch wingspan) and a central motor housing, which blend together into a single, seamless form, reflecting the concept of organic essentialism. Internally, it boasts Sensorless Drive, a technology that delivers an 80% improvement in efficiency over conventional ceiling fan motors. Sensorless Drive is a compilation of eight patents, not to mention a top rating from ENERGY STAR®.
And speaking of ENERGY STAR®, the average residential fan uses about 65-watts of electricity. As mentioned, Haiku fans only use 2 to 30-watts, exceeding the ENERGY STAR requirements for watts per CFM by 450 to 750%. According to the company, in a typical year, Haiku would use about 50kWh, for a cost of around $5. Pretty impressive.
The airfoils offer some series aerodynamic efficiency, and they come in your choice of moso bamboo, (caramel or cocoa finishes), or matrix composite, (black and white with an automative-grade finish.) And when the Haiku spins, you won’t be complaining about off-balance fans anymore. This is part of Haiku’s main selling point. You’re always guaranteed dead-center balance from the start. Haiku uses very sensitive electronic sensors to maintain its balance at all speeds.
The Haiku ceiling fan kit includes a remote control and has 10-settings, including Whoosh mode, which simulates natural air flow, and even “reverse direction”, although BAF recommends running it in winter in the same direction as in summer but at the lowest speed, to recirculate air without a draft. The variable-speed technology means that air movement is efficient at every speed.
Haiku, as you might expect, is not the cheapest fan on the market. Far from it. The Big Ass Fans website allows you to plug in some variables when ordering your custom Haiku fan. You can specify fan height, ceiling height, color, material and whether it will be used indoors or outdoors. A composite Haiku, for example, runs around $825, an adding the bamboo option will bump that price up by about $170.
Behind the funny name, Big Ass Fans is very serious when it comes to designing fans. They employ the most talented and dedicated engineering team in the fan industry, and all of their fans are designed to move large volumes of air in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. The company should be introducing a slightly larger Haiku fan in the very near future. For more information, visit their website.
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