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Sustainable Solutions from Big Ass Fans

Friday, May 1, 2009

Big Ass Fans® makes six- to 24-ft. diameter ceiling fans that use their immense size -not speed- to move massive amounts of air over large spaces. The demand has been phenomenal, with over 35,000 Big Ass Fans installed in facilities ranging from airports to zoos worldwide. Thanks to our outstanding advancements in engineering, Big Ass Fans is the global leader in high volume, low speed (HVLS) fan technology for a variety of commercial, architectural and industrial applications.

Our numerous HVLS fans are custom engineered with low horsepower motors and patented, award-winning aerodynamic designs to provide a cost-effective, energy-efficient method to improve air circulation throughout a facility, either on their own or in tandem with existing HVAC units. At the same time, we succeed in supporting a significant number of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) NC v2.2 credits in the following areas: optimized energy efficiency, enhanced refrigerant management, increased ventilation, thermal comfort and innovation in design.

After coming to life in 1999 as the HVLS Fan Company, we couldn’t help but overhear our customers look up and affirm that yes, indeed, it was a “big ass fan.” It didn’t take long for us to embrace the quirky name and become The Big Ass Fan Company.

Our engineers’ dedication to researching the science and technology of air movement has resulted in Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year award for 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008. Additionally, Pivot™ won the 2008 Dealer Design Award recognizing excellence in HVACR product design and was selected as an AE50 winner by ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers), recognizing the top 50 innovative new products in 2008. Locally, Big Ass Fans won an award for being 2006 Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year and a 2006 World Trade Success Award. We’ve been in the Inc. 5000 two years in a row as one of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies. Finally, Big Ass Fans was awarded a coveted ISO-9001 certification in 2008, reinforcing our commitment to overall product integrity.

With over 30 years experience in the study of air movement, our research and development team, led by Dr. Richard Aynsley, is constantly looking for new ways to design our fans for increased air movement, higher efficiency and longer life. Additionally, our engineers take the time to submit their findings to numerous journals and magazines read by experts and novices alike.

Theoretical fan design, however, can get us only so far. With our new, versatile, LEED certified one-of-a-kind testing facility we have the ability to test our fans for a wide variety of applications. With mobile room dividers separating our 45,000 sq. ft., 60-ft. tall facility, we test everything from airflow rate, thrust force and air velocity to the structural integrity of each fan component we design. 
Recent new products include the 12-ft. diameter Element™, a fan that is not just sleek and elegant, but also operates silently to move air you can really feel. The Element is one fan that both makes a design statement AND improves occupant comfort in commercial and architectural spaces. Element has been recognized with a 2009 Silver EID Award in the Appliance Design Excellence in Design competition.

In the industrial arena, the latest additions to the Big Ass Fan family are the new Powerfoil®X™ and Powerfoil®X Plus™, the ultimate in strength and durability, designed to demonstrate Big Ass Fans’ commitment to giving our customers more than they could have expected. The Powerfoil X incorporates improvements in virtually every component. Our new NitroSeal Drive™ custom gearbox, developed exclusively for Big Ass Fans, offers increased durability and cooler operation while our onboard electronic controls eliminate electrical interference.

In addition, the Powerfoil X includes a brand new electronics platform that allows the addition of such features as lights, speakers, motion detectors, and the VESDA smoke detection system.

And it’s not just our customers who love Big Ass Fans; employees love the company as well. In 2009, Big Ass Fans was named one of the Top 25 Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

For more information contact Big Ass Fans at 877/BIG FANS, or visit

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