Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST.

Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means that energy conservation becomes easier, we’re all for it.

A smart fan from Big Ass Fans.

A smart fan from Big Ass Fans.

Here’s a bit of background information: You may have heard of Nest, the Silicon Valley company that changed thermostat game. Nest can adapt to a homeowner’s lifestyle and preferences and adjust the temperature automatically according to each user. For example, it can learn when you leave the house for work and cut energy use while you’re gone. Then it can crank things back up so you return home to comfort.

Now, Nest is collaborating with a company called Big Ass Fans. (Yes. Seriously.) The partnership was just announced, but it’s already creating buzz. The plan driving the collaboration: Nest will be able to facilitate communication between your air conditioner and your ceiling fans. Nest can turn on or speed up your fans in order to enable your air conditioner to turn down while maintaining the same pleasant temperature.

The best part: You don’t even have to think about it.

Big Ass Fans has already developed a “Smart Fan” for this exact purpose. It’s an extremely energy efficient fan, using less energy than an incandescent light bulb.

Right now, there are an estimated 300 million ceiling fans throughout the U.S. That’s an average of 3 to 4 fans per household. Even if a tiny percentage of these fans could communicate with air conditioning systems all summer long, it would make a substantial difference in energy conservation (not to mention savings on energy bills, since fans are a lot cheaper to operate than air conditioning systems). Big Ass Fans CEO says “If every ceiling fan in the country used the [Nest integration] technology, it would be like we would eliminate Connecticut from the grid.”

 According to Jessica Leber from Fast Company‘s Co.Exist, the fan will begin shipping this summer.

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