Last year, we wrote about a ceiling fan made by a company with perhaps the most unfortunate name. The fan is Isis, and the company is Big Ass Fans. There’s no need to wonder what kind of fans the company makes, which is perhaps why the company’s products never really impressed me for residential situations. They were often cumbersome and inelegant, but in the company’s defense, they’re made for industrial applications. Even for people who like industrial chic, Big Ass Fans seemed a bit bulbous. This story is starting to change, as the company has been unveiling elegantly proportioned designs. Haiku is the new introduction.
Dubbed a perfect air-movement machine, Haiku features a cool-running motor with an integrated inverter drive and patented sensorless electronic controls. “The use of direct current and permanent magnetics yields a motor 80% more efficient than traditional AC offerings,” the company says. “The motor’s cool operation enabled a radical change in the fan’s appearance, eliminating the ubiquitous metal shroud and mounting electronics inside the core for a smooth, elegant look.”
According to the company, the typical residential ceiling fan requires 90 watts to 110 watts of electrical input. Haiku, on the other hand, uses only 2 watts to 30 watts, exceeding the Energy Star requirements for watts by 450 percent to 750 percent. Translated, Haiku would use about 50 kilowatts for a cost of around $5 per year. The fan comes in caramel or cocoa Moso bamboo or in white or black matrix composite.