Ceiling fans are not quite in use in modern homes, but are a requirement when central heating/cooling doesn’t quite cut it. Before air conditioners and central heating made their way to homes, ceiling and table fans were the only respite to beat the heat on a hot summer’s day. Keeping this in mind, a ceiling fan can come to good use even today.
Smart Ceiling Fans
A new trend that’s making its way to the market is something known as smart ceiling fans. These are Wi-Fi powered ceiling fans that can be controlled using just your smartphone or tablet. Some of them even come with support for voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. So let’s talk about a few of these smart ceiling fans and components that can boost up your home significantly.
While smart ceiling fans are not available in abundance, there are tools that can turn your existing fan into a smart fan. These are just as handy as a smart fan as you can operate them using your phone or tablet.
5 Best Smart Ceiling Fans
Considered the gold standard among smart ceiling fans, this offering from Haiku is a ceiling fan with three blades. The old-school design fits into any home, and the fact that you can use Alexa or Google Assistant to control it puts it in the league of other smart home products that you might be aware of. The fan also comes with an integrated LED setup with 16 different brightness settings to choose from.
If you’re not a big fan of voice guided control, you can also use the included IR remote to control the fan. As far as power consumption is concerned, the fan is highly rated by authorities and reportedly passes 450% of the efficiency requirements, which is very reassuring.
This smart ceiling fan can be bought in five attractive color variants. It is slightly expensive at $600, but considering the features that it comes with, we don’t mind the price tag. The user will have to spend an additional $140 if they want this installed by a professional.
This is pretty similar to the Haiku fan we spoke about, but at a much cheaper price. What I personally like is the reversible motor on this fan allowing you to change between updraft and downdraft modes depending on the weather outside. This fan can only be used indoors, however. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, provided you have a compatible device like the Echo at your home. The company is also offering a remote for good measure.
There are a total of three blades offered with the fan with each blade measuring 54-inches, offering enough wind circulation for a moderately sized room. At $299, this is exactly half the price of the Haiku variant we spoke about above, making this an instant choice for customers seeking a moderately priced Wi-Fi powered fan. Much like the variant above, you will be required to shell out $140 if you want a professional to set this up for you.
This is not a fan, but a device that can convert your existing remote controlled fan into a smart device. This device can be paired to up to six ceiling fans, allowing you to control them all directly from your smartphone or voice assistant like Alexa or Google Assistant. It must be noted however that this only works with IR-remote based ceiling fans. Setting it up is as easy as plugging in the Bond Fan Automator, and pointing your ceiling fan’s AR remote at the device. Following this, you will be able to control the ceiling fan at your home through your smartphone.
It goes without saying that this is one of the few smart home products that doesn’t require a massive investment. The device isn’t too big and can be placed almost anywhere. The company mentions that future updates to Bond will include support for garage doors, air conditioners and more, so you’re in very good hands with this particular product. Pricing is set at $99, which is significantly cheaper than getting a standalone smart ceiling fan.
GE is not too far behind when it comes to home automation. The Z-Wave Plus works in tandem with a bunch of smart home devices like SmartThings, Pulse, Trane, Nexia, Honeywell, Homeseer, Smart Security, Harmony Home Hub Extender, Vera, Connect and Iris. It can also work with Amazon Alexa provided you have an Echo device at your home. This smart switch can only control fans, however, and you need a separate switch if you want to control the lights.
This is a slightly complex device that goes into your standard fan switch and turns into an automated device. A neutral wire is required for connection, so it is recommended to get an expert to get the job done if you’re a beginner to electrical modifications. Complex setup process aside, this is a nice investment if you don’t want to change up the ceiling fan or wiring too much. The GE Z-Wave Plus is priced at $44.50 on Amazon.
The second Hunter product on this list is designed to turn your existing fan smart. It works with any ceiling fans with pull chains. The small box can fit inside almost every ceiling fan canopies, so you won’t even see the product on the fan, which is great keeping the interior decor in mind. It comes with Bluetooth technology on board, allowing you to control its functioning with your smartphone. There’s no Alexa or Google Assistant support here, but that’s not a big letdown as you can still use your conventional ceiling fan remotely using your phone or tablet.
One gripe I have with this is that you cannot control the fan if you’re not within proximity to your fan. This is because it uses Bluetooth to function and not Wi-Fi. If you’re okay with this, you can get this control unit for just $73.96.