The staff at JL Architects recently attended a lunch-n-learn with Emily Blair from “Big Ass Fans”, a Kentucky based company that specializes in energy-efficient ceiling fans for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
Emily walked the staff through a thorough and very interesting explanation on how their fans provide energy-efficient comfort in conditioned spaces. These specifically designed high volume, low speed fans create a more uniform temperature throughout the space, thus providing greater comfort while saving money on heating and cooling bills. Big Ass Fans come in a wide range of sizes. Their Haiku Home division produces residential and light commercial fans in 52, 60, and 84 inch diameters. The commercial Big Ass Fans are available with diameters of 8 to 20 feet and the industrial line comes in 8 to 24 foot diameters. A single Big Ass Fan can provide enough airflow to cover 20,000 square feet of space at a fraction of the energy use of dozens of smaller fans.
Heat rises, leaving colder air at floor level and you feeling constantly chilly. Your energy bills are probably very high during the winter months because your heating system is working extra hard to raise the temperature in the space. A Big Ass HVLS Fan is efficiently designed to move warm air down and around a space to create a more uniform temperature without creating any unwanted breeze. During warmer weather or conditions, the fan creates a perceived cooling effect as the breeze passes over skin making you feel up to 10°F cooler. This will enable you to raise your thermostat higher than normal, thus saving you money on your cooling bills. You can reduce your air conditioning energy use by 3 to 5 percent for each degree you raise your thermostat in the summer.
Big Ass Fans are perfect for a variety of spaces from homes to airport hangers and everything in between. The Local Taco in Lexington, Kentucky is one of many places that has seen great energy-saving results with Big Ass Fans. Once a historic home, the popular Tex-Mex restaurant found its renovated layout failed to keep customers comfortable. It’s a common problem for businesses located in renovated spaces, and it was made even more noticeable by the restaurant’s centrally located kitchen and large indoor/outdoor dining area. The standard ceiling fans in use had too few speed settings – the fans were either so slow they were ineffective or so fast that they cooled guests’ meals. Additionally, the kitchen constantly radiated heat, which the restaurant countered with blasts of expensive air conditioning. The Local Taco installed a mix of Big Ass Fans throughout the restaurant for comfort control and energy savings. The standard ceiling fans were replaced with 60-inch (1.5m) Haiku® fans that have seven speeds, making it a breeze to meet guests’ preferences. And because the Haiku fans are operated by remotes, servers no longer have to lean over customers’ tables to pull chains. Larger Isis® and Essence® fans are positioned strategically in the kitchen to direct heat outside. Thanks to Big Ass Fans, managers raised the thermostat setpoint by 6°F (3.3°C), reducing energy costs by about $2,000 per year.
You should certainly consider Big Ass Fans for your next construction or renovation project. Specifying Big Ass Fans for new projects can also reduce required HVAC tonnage and eliminate ductwork, saving you money before the fans are even turned on. Give us a call at JL Architects for more information on this awesome product!