Since this has been one of the hottest summers in recent U.S. history, ways to stay cool without wasting energy have been a hot topic. From solar powered blinds to frequent cold showers, there are lots of ways to beat the heatwave, but not all are as easy as switching on a fan. Traditional floor and oscillating fans help cool down indoor areas by moving the air and creating a breeze. Ceiling fans work in a similar fashion, blowing air down into the center of the room.
Even though fans are far more efficient than air conditioners, they still require electrical energy. You might be surprised to learn that most residential ceiling fans require 90 to 100 watts of electrical power input, which can really add up. That’s why the folks at (ahem) the Big Ass Fan Company decided to see if they could improve on the ceiling fan’s simple design. What they came up with is true poetry in motion: a sleek, super-efficient ceiling fan that’s silent, stylish, and sustainable.
Just looking at the Haiku, it’s obvious that it’s not like other ceiling fans. First it has only 3 blades, making it look more like a wind turbine or airplane propeller. Turns out, that’s intentional: Haiku’s airfoils feature an aerodynamic profile, resulting in smooth, silent airflow with optimal efficiency. Thanks to this sleek design, Haiku produces less than 34 dBA – that’s quieter than a deserted library at midnight. These meticulously handcrafted airfoils are made of Moso bamboo – a fast-renewing resource with the strength of steel – or a rigid matrix composite suitable for outdoor use.
The airfoil configuration also lends itself to reduced energy consumption. According to the company, Haiku fans run on two to 30 watts. In a typical year Haiku would use about 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is an 80 percent improvement over traditional residential ceiling fans and exceeds Energy Star efficiency requirements by 450 to 750 percent.