Big Ass Fans’ Haiku vs The World

Haiku - white fan, white blades
Disclaimer: We are ceiling fan professionals and we are slightly biased towards the brands that we carry. We have felt a few of the large Big Ass Fans (10-foot diameter and larger) and they feel AWESOME!! We have recently had the chance to see and feel a few Haiku fans in a local restaurant. This post is about some of the things that we discovered while researching the Haiku fan.

Big Ass Fans has been around since 1999 (originally known as the HVLS Co.) and reportedly generated $70 million in revenue in 2013. In 2002, they changed their name to the edgy “Big Ass Fan Company”. Their marketing is exceptional. For years, I didn’t even know that there were other companies that made High Volume Low Speed fans (HVLS). In 2012, or maybe a little earlier, the Big Ass Fan Company purchased the company that invented the Haiku fan. A few blogs seem to suggest that company that invented the Haiku was from Australia and manufacturing originally done in Malayasia.

The introduction of the Haiku allowed Big Ass Fans to enter the residential market. Before the Haiku, the Big Ass Fan Company concentrated on industrial and commercial clients that could use fans that were between 8-feet and 24-feet in diameter.

The Haiku fan looks nice. There is no doubt that it is one of the most efficient ceiling fans on the market. The remote control and optional wall control look phenomenal (a little complex, but phenomenal). The price, well, at nearly $1000 before tax and shipping, the Haiku is reserved for big spenders.

Our gripe is the actual performance of the fan. The Haiku website states that the fan is 60 inches in diameter, but only generates 5,365 CFM (cubic feet per minute). Although CFM is not the only detail that you should use when selecting a ceiling fan, 5,365 CFM is downright horrible for a 60-inch fan and kind of embarrassing for one of the most expensive ceiling fans in the world. We can sell you a 52-inch contractor-grade fan that INCLUDES a light fixture (but no remote control) for $110 that will produce 5,400 CFM.
Casablanca Compass Point
If you put the Haiku next to any other 60-inch ceiling fan, it underperforms most of the competition by at least 1,000 cfm. The difference between the Haiku’s 5,400 CFM and the Compass Point’s 6,590 CFM is VERY noticeable.

Sure, 485 CFM/watt is exceptionally efficient for a ceiling fan, but if you’re looking for air circulation, the $1,000 Haiku may not be the best choice for you.

What size fan should I buy for my bedroom?

There main factor that will determine what size fan to buy for your bedroom is:

  • The size of your room

Let’s start by defining fan sizes.

  • small fan = about 30-inch diameter
  • medium fan = about 42-inch diameter
  • large fan = about 52 inch diameter
  • extra large fan = larger than 56 inches

For TINY rooms – smaller than 10 feet x 10 feet

This includes walk-in closets, bathrooms, and small kitchens.

A 30-inch fan is usually sufficient. Obviously, bathrooms and kitchens come in a wide variety of sizes, so the best size fan for your room may not be 30-inches. A kitchen is an EXCELLENT room for a fan because of the heat that can be generated from cooking. When selecting a fan for your kitchen, be sure to measure how far your cabinet doors swing open. Opening a cabinet door into your moving fan is NOT a fun experience.

For SMALL rooms – bedrooms that are LESS THAN 12 feet x 12 feet

Get a medium-size fan, approximately 42 inches in diameter.

For LARGE rooms – at least 12×12, as large as 18×18

Get a large fan, approximately 52 inches in diameter. Most master bedrooms fall into this category, along with many living rooms and dining rooms

Rooms that are larger than 18×18

Great rooms, very large living rooms, etc. Start shopping for a fan that is at least 56 inches in diameter.

What if my room is rectangular and doesn’t fit the sizes you described?

This is a common situation. Many homes have long, rectangular living rooms, or their kitchen, dining room, and living room form one large continuous space. In this situation, you may need to split up your large room into 2 or 3 smaller sections and install multiple fans to keep cool.

Summary:

  • 30-inch fan for 8×8 rooms
  • bigger than 8×8, up to 12×12 rooms get a 42-inch fan
  • 12×12 or larger, get a 52-inch fan
  • 18×18 or larger, get a 56-inch or larger fan
  • odd sized room: subdivide it and see if multiple fans will work better

How High Should I Hang My Ceiling Fan?

Quick answer: Install your fan so that the blades are 8′-9′ from the floor.

Long answer: Most ceiling fans come with a short downrod (about 3-4 inches in length). Most ceilings are 8 feet high. When you hang a “normal” ceiling fan with a 3 or 4 inch downrod from a ceiling that is 8 feet high, the fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.

If your ceiling falls somewhere in between the listed heights, try to find a pole that is in between the recommended lengths. Example: on a 10.5 foot high ceiling, see if your fan supplier can get you an 18-inch downrod

Lower than 7′ 6″

Don’t get a ceiling fan. U.S. building codes require the fan blades of any ceiling fan to be at least 7 feet above the floor. If your ceiling is LOWER THAN 7′ 6″, you will not be able to find a ceiling fan that will meet the 7′ clearance requirement.

Between 7’6″ and 8 feet

Get a Hugger, Snugger, or Low Profile fan. Most ceiling fans take up 10″-12″ of space. Low Profile fans mount directly to the ceiling without using a downrod. This reduces space, but usually sacrifices some airflow.

8 foot ceiling

Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.

9 foot ceiling

Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be about 8 feet from the floor.

10 foot ceiling

Use a 12-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

11 foot

Use a 24-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

12 foot

Use a 36-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

13 foot

Use a 48-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

14 foot

Use a 60-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

15 foot

Use a 72-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.

16 feet or higher

Most manufacturers do NOT make downrods longer than 72 inches. Some manufacturers make a coupler to join 2 downrods together. If a coupler is NOT available for your fan, you will have to fabricate a longer downrod to accommodate your high ceiling.

It is possible to use a 72-inch pole on a 16-foot high ceiling, but your fan will be 10 1/2 feet from the floor. A cheap fan may not be strong enough to cool you and your entire room if it is that far from the floor.