Big Ass Solutions: Haiku with SenseME | Big Ass Solutions
“Haiku with SenseME incorporates new technology that allows users to reduce their air conditioning demands resulting in less energy usage during peak periods. This is clearly a new innovation in this space and could help many end-users reduce their energy usage and GHG emissions.”
--Energy Manager Today Awards judge
Haiku with SenseME is a smart ceiling fan designed with an on-board computer and array of sensors that make decisions to keep people comfortable automatically. SenseME monitors temperature and humidity, adjusting the fan’s speed when conditions change to ensure consistent comfort. Smart Mode learns owner preferences and tailors speed adjustments to what users find comfortable, giving HVAC systems a break without compromising comfort. With its occupancy sensors, SenseME also knows when people leave a room, turning the Haiku off automatically to reduce unnecessary energy usage.
Haiku with SenseME exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by 450 percent and uses just $5 of electricity annually, the company says. The fan’s operation, its ability to make automatic comfort adjustments and its occupancy sensors help end users manage their energy usage for year-round savings. In a recent study by Big Ass Fans, a 2⁰F increase in thermostat setpoint daily at noon, paired with Haiku with SenseME, shifted nearly all air conditioning energy consumption for test homes outside peak utility demand hours. In homes included in the study, reductions in air conditioning energy consumption ranged from 12 to 100 percent depending on original setpoint temperature.
Haiku with SenseME can also be controlled by a smartphone app. Users can use the app to set schedules for both the fan and LED, or select from several energy-saving control modes: Sleep Mode lowers Haiku’s speed hourly to save energy overnight, and Gradual Awake Mode gently increases the fan’s speed and light as morning arrives for a more pleasant wake-up.
“The product is unique and has broad applicability given size of consumer fan market,” said a judge. “‘Soft’ integration with household energy systems (i.e. HVAC, occupants, etc.) and ‘hard’ integrations with other new, home IoT solutions (i.e. Nest, etc.) provide added benefit through systems integrations.”