Once the Future, Now the Present
Todays’ homes feature automation that once was only a fantasy.
When I was a kid I used to love sitting around watching cartoons. One of my favorites was The Jetsons. I remember George getting home from work, exiting his little spaceship car, then up the vacuum tube style elevator into his home. Once inside he was greeted by his robot dog Astro, and his robot maid.
Some of the things I saw were so cool, but who would have ever thought some of those things would become present day technology that we take for granted everyday when we use them. One episode even had a kid watching The Flintstone’s on a small computer type device attached to his wrist. Aka: today’s Apple Watch!
They would speak to activate devices in the home. Now we have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and so on.
Now, when we get the spaceship style flying car, that automatically folds into a briefcase, we’ll be getting somewhere!
All This, and Still Operating Your Ceiling Fan by a Chain?
We have had ceiling fans since the early 1900’s, and they have made a big difference in comfort in our lives, especially before air conditioning. But, even with A/C ceiling fans keep the airflow moving and help air conditioned air to feel much cooler than it actually is, thus saving on the amount electricity consumed. Therefore, even with central air conditioning ceiling fans have remained an important part in the world of comfort.
Until recently there was no real advancement in ceiling fans. Ceiling fans were only a device to help move air. Their looks were boring and outdated. Many designers were ditching them as part of home décor projects. Sure remote control fans became available in the 1990’s, but beside pressing a button, instead of pulling a chain to change speeds, that was really about the only advancement there was.
Along Came 3D Printing and DC Fan Motors
Finally, a little over 10 years into the new century the high-end ceiling fan manufacturer’s began getting creative. They got creative with ceiling fan blade styling, much in part to advancements allowed with the use of molds designed through 3D printing. New materials used to simulate wood perfectly for fan blades have allowed for things other than flat, old fashioned wooden fan blades.
These new blade designs have drastically been able to change the boring appearance of many ceiling fans. Since the blades of a fan are now the designer’s focus, the problem became how to do away with the traditional, large and bulky fan motor housing that had been around since the ceiling fans invention. Along came the use of DC ceiling fan motors that helped to solve that problem.
Not only do new DC fan motors achieve an impressive improvement in energy efficiency and quietness over the traditional AC fan motors, but many times they can generate better power at less power consumption, allowing for much increased air movement.
Another benefit of DC motors, and the design benefit is that they can get all that power in a much smaller format. Because of this, fan manufactures have been able to make blades that wrap around the motor, fully encompassing it to appear if there is no motor used at all. No more standard blade irons to hold blades to motors, which in times past caused almost every ceiling fan to have the same basic look. Besides tropical ceiling fans, that rely palm leaf blades to give an interesting look, there wasn’t much a manufacturer could do to change the standard look of ceiling fans until these smaller DC motors became available so that they could get more creative in the way the blades look and attach.
No More Chains - Todays’ Ceiling Fans are Smart
With these new designs, it would not make sense to use pull chains for speed and light control. That would defeat the purpose of the new sleeker looks, and make you feel like you were stuck with a 1980’s ceiling fan. Therefore, to get rid of the chains, first the manufacturer’s began packaging remote controls with all of these new aesthetically pleasing ceiling fans. Although that helped, remotes were still a boring thing of the past, compared to the styles these new modern ceiling fans boast. They needed something bolder and more innovative.
Quality brand names rethought the idea of how to control these new fans, and therefore decided to develop fans that would automatically integrated with smart home devices. It really wasn’t too complicated to do. Just add WiFi connectivity, create a few cell phone apps, and suddenly we have smart ceiling fans, controlled through the cloud with all of your other smart home devices.
No more need for a remote, simply tell Alexa, Google Assistant or others to turn the fan on for you. When you’re going to bed simply tell the fan to turn the light off and that’s what it will do.
If you don’t want to disturb others by speaking fan commands late at night, simply user your smart phone. Since most of us keep our cell phone nearby, controlling these new fans is more convenient than searching for a misplaced remote control, because now, if we need to change the speed or turn the light on, or even program the fan on a calendar to work perfectly with our schedule, it is all right there on our phone via the fan company’s app.
Modern Forms smart fans will even learn your habits for you, so you can set it to automatically revolve around your schedule. This way the fan shuts down when you leave home and will turn itself back on when you return. It can even learn when your bedtime is, and if you prefer to turn it up a speed while you sleep it will do this for you as well. Now that’s smart!
Not only all of this, but today’s smart ceiling fans with DC motors have at least 6-speeds, double that of traditional ceiling fans. Fanimation makes many models with infinite speed settings. Anything from low to high and all in between, just incase you need to find that absolute perfect amount or airflow that meets your comfort level. And to make it better, you can set your new smart ceiling fans up to work with an Ecobee WiFi thermostat so that your fans will adjust speeds as needed with room temperature changes.
All of This, It’s All Here
The future is already here in ceiling fans. We are here to help you make the jump in replacing your tired, old fashioned fans to smart ceiling fans. Fans that can save you as much as 90% on energy consumption when compared to your non-smart AC type fans.
We may not be able to help you find a fold up flying car for transportation like Mr. Jetson, but we sure can help you into the future with your new ceiling fan. Call us and let us help you today, at PalmFanStore.com.
Phone: (888) 446-9331
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