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Big Ass Solutions: Essence

Internal microprocessor control has been needed in destrat fans for some time now. This product’s automated options brings the technology into the ‘smart’ world. Sleek new design has also been needed in this arena. It allows for a wider acceptance in applications where design is just as important as efficiency.

Big Ass Solutions’ Essence ceiling fan is built to work in tandem with HVAC systems to offset energy usage. Air conditioning large public spaces can be challenging and expensive. Open floor plans and vaulted ceilings, while visually appealing, are difficult to heat and cool efficiently. Traditional ceiling fans don’t provide enough air movement to offset air conditioning or keep people comfortable such spaces, Big Ass Solutions says.

Essence provides up to a 10°F cooling effect so users can raise their thermostat setpoints and reduce HVAC run-time, saving up to 30% on air conditioning costs, according to the company. In the winter, Essence moves slowly to push warm air down from ceilings without creating drafts. Getting warm air off the ceiling means heaters work less, saving up to 30% on heating costs.

Unlike the systems developed in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s, Essence allows building owners to keep residents and customers cool without wasting energy. Big Ass Solutions engineers replaced the traditional, geared ceiling fan motor with a maintenance-free, permanent magnet drive. The fan’s motor contains an array of microprocessors that monitor the motor drive circuit’s power and temperature conditions, optimizing performance. Essence also has optional features such as wireless wall controls and SmartSense, an integrated system that automates the fan’s operation.

The Essence fan’s unobtrusive design has customizable color options, decals, and custom color-matching with a 10-year warranty. It is energy-efficient, has a lightweight frame, and silent, making it an option for spaces like schools, office buildings, and performance venues that often require lower noise levels, the company says. Essence also gives architects and engineers a way to reduce the amount of ductwork in their designs. This helps decrease costs and materials during construction.