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When you think of ceiling fans, do you dream up images of a long-ago tropical locale? Or lazy summer evenings on a screened porch, sipping a cold drink?

We hate to break it to you but times have changed and so have ceiling fans. Like other home appliances and devices, the ceiling fans of today are smart. And cooler than ever before.

What Does a Smart Ceiling Fan Do?

Forget that old pull-string on/off switch. Smart ceiling fans allow consumers to turn on, program, and control the fans wirelessly, from anywhere, using their smartphones and other mobile devices. Or control fans from another room with their smart speakers.

Recently, the 134-year-old company Hunter Fan, an Ayla customer, introduced smart ceiling fans that homeowners operate remotely. What’s more, smart fans like Hunter’s optimize temperature and energy efficiency in a home, potentially saving thousands of dollars in air conditioning expenses.

According to Forbes contributor Sheri Koones, smart fans work especially well when they are synced with a smart thermostat: they work along with the HVAC status of the home. When the HVAC turns on the air conditioning, the smart fan will:

  • Automatically employ Summer mode
  • Circulate cool air throughout the area
  • Turn off the HVAC system faster

During colder months, Koones says, smart fans reverse the rotation of the blades. So when the HVAC turns on the heat, the smart fan will:

  • Switch to Winter mode
  • Help heat the home more quickly
  • Turn off the HVAC faster

And smart fans aren’t just for temperature control. Many interact with other Wi-Fi-enabled smart-home products, such as light bulbs and smoke detectors for greater home safety and security.

Popular Smart Ceiling Fan Brands

Smart ceiling fans are available at lighting showrooms, home centers, and online retailers nationwide. Postscapes recommends consumers look at offerings from Minka-Aire, Carro, and especially Hunter -- whose smart ceiling fans “are among the most affordable you can find” at $300 apiece.

If your budget is bigger, the website recommends considering Haiku, a product line of Big Ass Fan. Retailing at $700, the Haiku brand of smart ceiling fans partners with major companies such as Amazon – for Alexa integration; Ecobee – for smart thermostat integration, and Google for the Google Assistant.

Market Growth for Smart Ceiling Fans

In a recently published global market study, Grand View Research expects the size of the international market for residential and commercial smart fans to reach $993.6 million by 2025 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period.

Fueling the demand for smart fans, according to the report, is climate control coupled with ease of operation and energy efficiency.

And just maybe, happy thoughts of drinking an icy margarita on the veranda of your dreams.

Manufacturers: The Ayla IoT platform provides comprehensive device, cloud, and mobile connectivity for smart ceiling fans or any other smart home product.

Find out how to get secure, reliable connected products to market with minimal time, cost, and effort by contacting Ayla.