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Big Ass Fans Haiku review

DC motor type. Priced at $1099.

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CHOICE recommends ceiling fans with an overall score of 80% or above and a score of at least 70% for both bedroom (low fan setting) performance and living room (high fan speed) performance.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of living room performance (40%), bedroom performance (40%) and ease of use (20%).

Living room score View more details.

Rates the ability of the fan to move air at high speeds, a setting more likely to be used in a larger area during the day. The more powerful, the better the score.

Bedroom score View more details.

Rates the ability of the fan to move a good amount of air at the lowest setting without disrupting your sleep. Models with more than three settings such as the DC powered models with 5 and 6 settings earn a 90% score if the first setting is lower than the optimal air movement speed as one of the other 4 or 5 settings will deliver the appropriate air movement.

Ease of use score View more details.

We assess how easy it is to follow the installation instructions, use the fan control, and reverse the rotational direction of the fan.

Noise (dB) View more details.

The figures provided are for the ceiling fan running at the medium setting which gives a clearer indication of the overall performance of the fan as far as noise. We also make comment if the fan is particularly quiet at all speed settings.

Price View more details.

This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.

Running costs/1 yr View more details.

Running cost based on eight hours of use per day for six months of the year, used in summer to keep cool and part of winter to help move warm air down to the living area. Electricity is priced at 30 cents per kWh.

Power (low setting, W) View more details.

Power drawn by the fan at each setting. The higher the speed, the more power drawn.

Power (medium setting, W) View more details.

Power drawn by the fan at each setting. The higher the speed, the more power drawn.

Power (high setting, W) View more details.

Power drawn by the fan at each setting. The higher the speed, the more power drawn.

Fan blade material View more details.

While most fans have wooden blades, a few are stainless steel, aluminium, or plastic (ABS). In testing we've found there's little difference in cooling ability between fan blade material.

Number of blades View more details.

Models with three, four, five and even two blades perform at all different rates with no performance trend based on the number used.

Recommended minimum fan height from floor (m) View more details.

Most of the fans on test operate fine at the standard 2.1 metre level, with a few requiring 2.3 metre clearance.

Diameter of blade (cm) View more details.

A fan with a fan length of 132cm (52-inches) should suit most rooms, you can often select different sizes for each model from 120cm (48-inch) up to 152cm (60-inch) and more.

Widest point of blade (mm)
Weight of blade (g)
Fan control View more details.

Fan control options include a pull-cord control on the bottom of the fan or a wall switch that usually replaces the light switch. A remote control not only provides a good level of control, it also allows easier fan installation in situations that make it difficult to rewire for a light switch.

Number of fan speeds View more details.

Models with three settings can be restrictive when looking for the best range of air movement solutions. Models with 5 or 6 speeds deliver the range that should satisfy most situations, as long as the slowest speed is not too fast.

Reverse mode View more details.

Most models have a reverse selection also known as winter mode. It turns the blades in the opposite direction and pushes the warm air from your heating system from the ceiling (remember, warm air rises) back down.

Reversible control location View more details.

The selection of the reverse or winter mode can be on the wall switch, remote or sometimes the casing of the fan itself.

Origin View more details.

Where the fan was made.

Remote controlled View more details.

A remote can be useful for operating and may also make installation easier.

Remote as an option View more details.

Most of the models on test can use a remote control although getting one later can be expensive so if you think you want one, get it at the time of purchase.

Tropically rated View more details.

Models that claim to be tropically rated claim to have blade materials deal with the humidity as well as a motor that is sealed to help keep out moisture.

Balance kit provided View more details.

This helps correct wobbles that can rob a fan of efficiency. Some of the latest models claim to be self balancing.

Integrated light on tested model View more details.

Indicates if there was a light on the model bought for the test. There may be a version of the fan available without a light.


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