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Compare Big Ass Fans to MacroAir HVLS Fans from EnergyLogic

MacroAir HVLS Fans vs Big Ass Fans


The company that invented the big fans that have become so popular in industrial and commercial spaces has created the next generation of high-volume, low-speed fans (HVLS fans). Introducing AirVolution-D. Take a look at the side-by-side comparison between the new AirVolution-D and conventional large ceiling fan design used by competitors like Big Ass Fans. You’ll see the advantages in power, efficiency, intelligence, and reliability at every turn.

Motor
Blades
Electronics
Installation
Reliability

Motor

More Power. Half the Size.

MacroAir AirVolution-D

MacroAir AirVolution-D

Revolutionary patented motor technology moves more air, pound-for-pound, using less energy.

  • Feel more air with the AirVolution-D series. Engineered from the ground-up to provide more horsepower at every comparable Big Ass Fans motor.
  • The transverse-flux gearless direct-drive motor costs less to run, has more horsepower, and is whisper-quiet. By increasing sustained torque and decreasing size & weight, this motor is a leader even among other gearless direct-drives.
  • No maintenance required—the AirVolution-D's motor & drive has only two moving parts.
  • Eliminating the gearbox removes the risk of oil spills and drips.
  • Put your fan outside—rating for indoor and outdoor environments comes standard on all AirVolution-D models.
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

Uses older motor technology that limits applications and efficiency.

  • Big Ass Fans radial-flux gearless direct-drive is only powerful enough to run smaller diameter fans, while the larger diameter fans still rely on less-efficient, noisier gearbox technology.
  • Big Ass Fans' larger models use bulky, heavy, gearboxes that consume more energy (and money) to operate. Even radial-flux direct-drive motors have to be bigger and heavier to provide the same consistent power output.
  • More wear-and-tear—Fans with gearboxes have hundreds of moving parts that can wear out over time.
  • When gearboxes fail, lubricating oil can leak from the fan.
  • Indoor/outdoor rating is not standard on Big Ass Fans that use gearboxes (larger diameters).

Blades

Highest Efficiency. No Gimmicks.

MacroAir AirVolution-D

MacroAir AirVolution-D

The elegant design keeps it simple and effective.

  • MacroAir's NASA-inspired airfoil blades are optimized for greater air-movement.
  • Feel more airflow, with less energy consumption.
  • The MacroAir airfoil design helps keep the motor cooler, increasing the heat tolerance and life of your fan.
  • Keep your fan looking new with anodized blades that help reduce dust and oxidation—comes standard.
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

More isn't always better.

  • Big Ass Fans utilize winglets on their bull-nosed airfoils that do not improve air movement and efficiency, according to the U.S. Deptarment of Energy.
  • Requires more energy for optimum airflow.
  • Blade attachments add weight—making the motor work harder.
  • Standard raw-mill finish shows dirt smudges and oxidation. Anodized blades are an optional upcharge.

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Electronics

The Smartest Big Fan. By Far.

MacroAir AirVolution-D

MacroAir AirVolution-D

More features. More possibilities.

  • AirVolution-D's onboard microprocessor is designed specifically for HVLS fans allowing for a broader range of installation applications.
  • Automatically regulates voltage input, phase, spikes, and dips; protecting your fan and keeping it running.
  • Hotter heat tolerance—allowing for warmer environments up to 140ºF (60ºC) with automatic protection features.
  • Safety Smart—the AirVolution-D's accelerometer and tilt sensor keeps you safe by shutting down during accidental collisions or earthquakes and allow for up to a 10ft. drop length without the need for guy wires... a sleeker look that's easier to install.
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

Limited tech. Limited applications.

  • Big Ass Fans' electronics were adapted for use with HVLS fans, and require case-by-case configuration.
  • Variable frequency drives (VFD's) are calibrated to a specific voltage and can shut down during common voltage variations.
  • Only rated to 122ºF (50ºC) before reduced performance or equipment damage can occur.
  • Big Ass Fans' electronics lack collision & tilt awareness in cases like natural disasters, and require guy wires for drops greater than 5ft.

Installation

It's a breeze.

MacroAir AirVolution-D 780

MacroAir AirVolution-D

Lightweight with a rapid mount option available for quick & easy installation.

  • Commercial & industrial mounting solutions, with or without guy wires, are available to suit your application and aesthetic needs.
  • Significantly reduce installation time with a universal joint or the optional rapid-mount industrial (patented ball-joint mounting hardware).
  • Capable of installations up to 10ft without guy wires.
  • Put your fan where you want—Low profile design allows for installation of our big fan in tighter spaces.
  • Significant weight reduction allows for a more manageable, faster installation.
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

Gearboxes are heavy.

  • Without advanced electronics, guy wires are required for longer drop lengths.
  • Limited flexibility in mounting hardware, and additional component assembly required.
  • Requires guy wires for drops greater than 5ft. on most models.
  • Gearbox and winglets require larger spacial clearances, limiting where and how you place your fan.
  • Support of a structural engineer may be required on fans with a heavier hanging weight.

Reliability

Best Warranty in HVLS Fans

MacroAir AirVolution-D 780

MacroAir AirVolution-D

Best warranty in the industry.

  • Have confidence in your investment with a 50,000 hour warranty. That equates to 16 years, on average.
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

Extended warranty costs extra.

  • 3–7 years standard on most models (Powerfoil X3.0 covers 15 years, excluding electrical; Essence covers 10 years, excluding electrical).

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