Behind Energy Star’s Blue Seal
The Big Ass Commitment to Efficiency
At Big Ass Fans®, energy efficiency is in our DNA. It’s why we engineered the best fan motor ever and designed airfoils that move far more air than flat blades. It’s also why we introduced Haiku® with SenseME™, the world’s first smart ceiling fan, which helps you stay comfortable and save energy — automatically.
We demonstrate our dedication to innovation through our 44,000-sq-ft Research & Development Laboratory, which is LEED Gold® certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2015, the lab, equipment and personnel were inspected and certified by ENERGY STAR® as a supervised manufacturing test lab. In 2015, the lab, the equipment and the personnel were inspected and audited by a third party, in accordance with ENERGY STAR® requirements. As a result of that inspection, Big Ass Solutions was certified as an SMTL Laboratory to conduct ENERGY STAR® certification tests on site. The rigorous standards and independent testing help maintain the Big Ass Fans commitment to quality and efficiency.
For our company, staying at the forefront of efficient engineering and design is a Big Ass deal.
Understanding ENERGY STAR?
Launched in 1992 and operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR is a purely voluntary program that rates products by energy consumption and encourages the use of energy-efficient consumer products. Consumers now know to look for the sky blue ENERGY STAR seal, which denotes products that are about 60 percent more energy-efficient than non-rated products.
In the last 20 years, Americans have saved nearly 230 billion on utilities and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by embracing ENERGY STAR-rated products.
Fan Testing and ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR spells out its testing methods in exacting detail. The temperature and humidity in Big Ass Fans’ custom-built residential fan lab is held constant to tight tolerances. Each Haiku is carefully mounted in a lab wired with an array of sensors and monitors, including a laser-calibrated tachometer to measure revolutions per minute, a series of hot-wire anemometers to track air speed, and a power meter to gauge energy consumption. Two samples of every model of individual Haiku fans are tested at minimum and maximum speeds to determine Air Volume Delivery. Air Volume Delivery is based on measured air velocity and fan diameter, and at least two measurements are taken back to back to ensure stability and accuracy. The Air Volume Delivery is paired with power consumption readings at maximum, minimum and standby along with run-time averages to produce its ENERGY STAR efficiency and ranking.
To keep up with our ratings, visit the ENERGY STAR homepage.