Big Ass Fans has come together with smart device maker Nest to combine the efforts of the Haiku ME fan with Nest’s smart thermostat. The increased air movement by Big Ass Fans’, well big fans, allows the homeowner to rely less on the air conditioning which means lower electric and water bills and it’ll have tangible results for the environment. The SenseME iOS app will work with the Nest thermostat and learn your preferences. Android users will see those same benefits by the end of 2014.
Big Ass Fans Introduces Integration with Nest Learning Thermostat
Fan and Thermostat Work Together to Help Reduce Home Air Conditioning Costs
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Big Ass Fans® today announced that its newest residential fan can now work with the Nest Learning ThermostatTM to help reduce home air conditioning costs. The company’s smart ceiling fan — Haiku® with SenseMETM — connects with the Nest Thermostat through an iOS app and demonstrates the practical benefits of pairing smart home devices.
Americans spend $18.6 billion annually on home air conditioning with each residence dumping 2,751 pounds of carbon into the environment, the equivalent of burning 1,340 pounds of coal1. By working together for the first time, fans and thermostats can provide consumers with a simple way to use less energy and help them maintain more intelligent, efficient and comfortable homes.
How they work together
The air movement created by Haiku with SenseME can make you feel several degrees cooler than the actual temperature in a room, so you can raise the temperature on your Nest Thermostat higher than normal and stay just as comfortable. SenseME’s app automatically suggests higher temperatures that you can select conveniently from your iPhone. Both the fan and thermostat will learn your new, energy‐efficient preferences and adjust accordingly.
Each degree you raise your Nest Thermostat saves you up to 5 percent on energy costs2. So give your air conditioning system a break and reap the savings — up to 30 percent. If each home thermostat was raised 6 degrees, we would reduce carbon emissions by 78 billion pounds, the equivalent of taking 3.2 million homes off the grid for a year.
Haiku with SenseME will begin shipping next week. Its app will be available initially for iOS devices and later this year for Android.
1 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2009.
2 Hoyt, T., H.L. Kwang, H. Zhang, E. Arens, T. Webster, 2009, “Energy savings from extended air temperature setpoints and reductions in room air mixing.” International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics 2009
￼A perfect pairing
“Our integration with Nest is all about creating more energy‐efficient smart homes, and that ought to be a priority for this country,” said Carey Smith, founder and Chief Big Ass of Big Ass Fans. “Our Haiku with SenseME ceiling fan and the Nest Thermostat make it easy for you to save energy — and look good doing it.”
“The thermostat and the ceiling fan are two of the home’s most vital comfort controllers,” said Maxime Veron, head of product marketing, Nest. “Now through the Works with Nest integration, the two products can work together to help homes be more energy‐efficient.”
Looking to the future
As leaders in the smart home, both Big Ass Fans and Nest are among the founding members of the Thread Group. The organization seeks to promote the recently announced future smart home technology Thread, a simple, reliable and secure way to connect more than 250 devices. The pairing of fans and thermostats offers a compelling case for how connected smart devices will bring tangible benefits to homes.