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Smart Home Technology: Fan to Limit A/C Use

Kick The Habit: Smart Ceiling Fan Limits The Overuse Of Air

Conditioning- Smart Home Technology

by Josh Kegley

From the workplace to our own bedrooms, Americans are addicted to over-air conditioned

spaces – a habit that’s not only financially wasteful, but bad for the environment, too.

Meanwhile, air movement – once a pillar of good building design – has been relegated to a

mere alternative means of keeping people cool. Instead of opening the windows, we crank

the A/C, blasting cold air all over the building, even in rooms we’re not using.

More and more engineers and architects realize the futility of this wasteful dependence in

the face of an increased push for environmental responsibility. They’re incorporating

natural ventilation into new construction projects, aided by energy-efficient ceiling fans

and smart-home systems to limit the overuse of air conditioning.

The good news for non-building professionals is that we can benefit from these strategies

in our existing home. For example, employing a “cross-ventilation strategy,” as it’s called by

engineering types, is as simple as opening windows on parallel sides of the house and

turning on a ceiling fan.

Better yet, let the ceiling fan turn itself on. Home automation is really starting to take off,

and it’s more than just a neat way to make your life simpler – it can also decrease your

drain on the power grid.

Think of it this way: Have you ever forgotten to turn off your lights when you left for work?

Imagine if your lights could remember to turn off for you. That’s the principle behind

smart-home technology. One company, Big Ass Fans® based in Lexington, Ky., has applied

that technology to fans.

TreeHouse is one of few retailers that carry Big Ass Fans’ Haiku® line of ceiling fans. It’s a

perfect partnership – Haiku is recognized as one of the most energy efficient ceiling fans on

the market, using just $5 worth of electricity per year on average and saving many times

more than that by helping reduce A/C reliance.

With optional addition of SenseME™ technology, Haiku is the world’s only smart fan.

SenseME’s onboard computer monitors room occupancy, temperature and humidity, and it

speeds up or slows down the fan based your preferences and the changing environment. It

gives you maximum comfort with minimum effort and unparalleled efficiency.

SenseME can also be programmed to communicate with the Nest Learning Thermostat®,

suggesting a higher set point for the thermostat when the fan is in use.

America probably won’t give up its dependence on conditioned air anytime soon. However,

with Nest and Big Ass Fans, you can be smarter about how you use it. Your body has a

natural cooling mechanism – that’s why a breeze feels good on a hot summer day. Why not

take advantage it? Stop by TreeHouse today and learn some more creative ways you can

kick your addiction to A/C.


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