Lexington, Kentucky

The Local Taco

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"Our electric bill has gone down about 5 percent, thanks to Big Ass Fans. Since restaurants' profit margins are usually fairly small, that's a huge difference over the course of a year."Kevin LewisCo-Owner

Problem

Once a historic home, the popular Tex-Mex restaurant The Local Taco found its renovated layout failed to keep customers comfortable. It’s a common problem for businesses located in renovated spaces, and it was made even more noticeable by the Lexington, Kentucky, restaurant’s centrally located kitchen and large indoor/outdoor dining area. The standard ceiling fans in use had too few speed settings – the fans were either so slow they were ineffective or so fast that they cooled guests’ meals. Additionally, the kitchen constantly radiated heat, which the restaurant countered with blasts of expensive air conditioning.

Solution

The Local Taco installed a mix of Big Ass Fans® throughout the restaurant for comfort control and energy savings. The standard ceiling fans were replaced with 60-inch (1.5m) Haiku® fans that have seven speeds, making it a breeze to meet guests’ preferences. And because the Haiku fans are operated by remotes, servers no longer have to lean over customers’ tables to pull chains. Larger Isis® and Essence® fans are positioned strategically in the kitchen to direct heat outside. Thanks to Big Ass Fans, managers raised the thermostat setpoint by 6°F (3.3°C), reducing energy costs by about $2,000 per year.