Big Ass Fans® today announced that its newest residential fan can now work with the Nest Learning Thermostat to help reduce home air conditioning costs. The company’s smart ceiling fan — Haiku® with SenseME — connects with the Nest® Thermostat through an iOS app and demonstrates the practical benefits of pairing smart home devices.

Americans spend $18.6 billion annually on home air conditioning with each residence dumping 2,751 pounds of carbon into the environment, the equivalent of burning 1,340 pounds of coal[1]. By working together for the first time, fans and thermostats can provide consumers with a simple way to use less energy and help them maintain more intelligent, efficient and comfortable homes.

How they work together

A screenshot of Haiku with SenseME's app that suggests higher Nest Thermostat setpoints.The air movement created by Haiku with SenseME can make you feel several degrees cooler than the actual temperature in a room, so you can raise the temperature on your Nest Thermostat higher than normal and stay just as comfortable. SenseME’s app automatically suggests higher temperatures that you can select conveniently from your iPhone. Both the fan and thermostat will learn your new, energy-efficient preferences and adjust accordingly.

Each degree you raise your Nest Thermostat saves you up to 5 percent on energy costs[2]. So give your air conditioning system a break and reap the savings — up to 30 percent. If each home thermostat was raised 6 degrees, we would reduce carbon emissions by 78 billion pounds, the equivalent of taking 3.2 million homes off the grid for a year.

Haiku with SenseME will begin shipping next week. Its app will be available initially for iOS devices and later this year for Android.

Looking to the future

As leaders in the smart home, both Big Ass Fans and Nest are among the founding members of the Thread Group. The organization seeks to promote the recently announced future smart home technology Thread, a simple, reliable and secure way to connect more than 250 devices. The pairing of fans and thermostats offers a compelling case for how connected smart devices will bring tangible benefits to homes.



[1] Residential Energy Consumption Survey, U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2009.

[2] Hoyt, T., K.H. Lee, H. Zhang, E. Arens, T. Webster, 2009, “Energy savings from extended air temperature setpoints and reductions in room air mixing.” International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics 2009