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Essence

Performance Performance Airflow and efficiency metrics quantify how the fan will impact comfort and energy costs in the customer’s space.
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Airflow Performance
5/5

Essence’s purpose-built motor and patented airfoil system move over 54,000 cubic feet (1,528 cubic meters) of air per minute. The airfoils’ patented aerodynamic design and cuffed winglets reduce wind turbulence and noise, keeping airflow consistent throughout the coverage area.

Airflow Coverage Area
5/5

A single 14-foot (4.3-meter) Essence can effectively deliver airflow to occupant levels over an area of up to 4,655 square feet (432 square meters). This wide coverage area makes the fan perfectly suited to large open retail and living spaces, foyers, and offices.

Annual Energy Use
5/5

Essence’s 0.5-horsepower (0.37-kilowatt) motor efficiently delivers cooling airflow over a wide area, lowering the need for A/C. In winter, the fan equalizes temperatures from floor to ceiling, making heaters more efficient. This improvement in efficiency can reduce HVAC costs by up to 30%, which more than offsets the fan’s modest estimated annual operational cost of US$84—about $0.23 per day.

Controls
4/5

Essence’s wired wall control fits an electrical box for a standard light switch and allows users to turn fans on and off and adjust speed from a control dial. While Essence does not feature SenseMe­™ technology or the remote and mobile app controls available with Haiku and i6, it offers a variety of control options and functionality.

An available wireless wall control makes for easier install in retrofit projects, while the fan’s premium BAFCon option offers grouping of up to 8 fans, password protection, integration with building automation systems, and automated seasonal modes from an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. BAFCon includes a wall bracket and durable housing and requires a single RJ45 connection.

Sound Level
5/5

Measuring at less than 35 dBA at max RPM, Essence offers nearly silent performance, with sound level comparable to a whisper. When run at low speeds for destratification, the fan’s operational sound is imperceptible at occupant level.

Quality Quality The fan’s materials, engineering, and manufacturing process determine its durability and longevity.
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Durability
5/5

Like all Big Ass overhead HVLS fans, Essence features airfoil and hub systems made from extruded aluminum, which offers greater flexibility and protection from impacts than cast aluminum. The fan’s direct-drive motor and heatsink provide superior heat rejection, while its wide range of protection for voltage sag/swell make the fan an excellent choice for commercial facilities that experience fluctuations in power quality.

Warranty
5/5

Essence features a non-prorated 10-year mechanical and 5-year electrical warranty. Big Ass Fans’ warranties are noteworthy for their straightforward terms and factory-direct service.

Warranty terms vary by region. See bigassfans.com/product-warranties/ for full details.

Performance Certifications
5/5

Essence has undergone extensive third-party testing by the U.S. Department of Energy and passed the Certified Ratings Program at AMCA International—the world’s leading authority on airflow product testing—and received numerous international certifications to guarantee accurate performance claims and adhere to industry regulations and standards.

Required Maintenance
5/5

Essence features a balanced mounting system, corrosion-resistant anodized airfoils, and a gearless direct-drive motor that quickly dissipates heat. The fan should be wiped clean as needed, especially in dusty industrial or outdoor applications, but otherwise, Essence requires minimal maintenance.

Motor and Drive Protection
5/5

Essence is Wet-Rated to UL standards and rated IP43 for protection against small solids and sprays of water, making it suitable for both indoor and covered outdoor use. With a max temperature rating of 131 °F (55 °C), Essence also performs well in facilities that experience extreme heat.

Safety Safety Strong redundant safety features and verified product testing are essential for secure, consistent operation.
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Static Safety Features
5/5

Essence’s mounting system is tested to support more than four times the fan’s weight and includes galvanized steel aircraft cables designed to support the full weight of the fan in the event of a mounting system failure. To ensure security, the fan’s airfoils and spar hub system are constructed of extruded aluminum and use Grade 8 hardware to secure components.

Dynamic Safety Features
5/5

Essence ensures maximum operational safety with dynamic features that keep all fan parts secured to the assembly in the event of an impact. Each airfoil sports an interlocking airfoil retention system, while the hub features two flexible plates which evenly distribute force load and reduce fatigue at airfoil attachment points and are secured by vibration-resistant fasteners. As with all Big Ass overhead fans, Essence integrates with fire suppression systems.

Safety Certifications
5/5

Essence’s safety is proven through rigorous testing. The fan holds an international CB Test Certificate for passing CB Scheme safety certification and is ETL listed to UL507 and CSA Standard 22.2 No. 113. Essence has also undergone successful impact testing, mount tensile testing to 8,750 pounds-force (3,969 kilograms-force), salt spray tests to maintain finish and protect electronics, and stress testing of hub and airfoil systems, the results of which far surpass competitor testing in scope and performance.

Facility Integration
5/5

Like other Big Ass overhead fans, Essence integrates with most third-party building automation systems, offering fan control, grouping, and fire relay integration using Modbus-RTU protocol, 0-10 VDC, and BACnet capability with the premium BAFCon controller.

Patented and Proprietary Features
5/5

Featuring 12 patents and seven design awards, Essence has been internationally recognized for its energy efficiency and stylistic appeal, making it a popular choice in modern design and sustainability projects.

Customer Experience Customer Experience Strong redundant safety features and verified product testing are essential for secure, consistent operation.
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Product Specification
5/5

Using proprietary airflow data from our research lab, Big Ass Fans’ SpecLab® software plots fans in a 3D model of customers’ facilities and simulates the airflow they provide. This unique tool ensures that customers receive an accurate specification for the Big Ass fans best suited for their space.

Ease of Installation
5/5

With a lightweight design, versatile mount, and on-board VFD, Essence installs into a wide variety of applications. Big Ass Fans offers the industry’s most reliable and extensive team of factory-certified installers as well as support for customer-performed installation.

Customer Support
5/5

Big Ass Fans’ customer support team is composed of experienced problem solvers who complete ongoing training with product managers and applications engineers. Big Ass Fans’ Net Promoter Score—a measure of customer satisfaction—consistently ranks as the highest in the HVLS industry.

Customization
5/5

With diameters from 8 to 14 feet (2.4 to 4.3 meters), mounting options for a variety of ceiling structures, and two VAC options, Essence is adaptable for use in a wide variety of facilities, including outdoor spaces. For customers looking to improve or maintain their space’s visual aesthetic, Big Ass Fans offers full- and partial-fan color customization.

Optional Accessories
4/5

Essence offers additional features to meet the needs of unique commercial and residential spaces. Its fully dimmable LED produces up to 5,000 lumens with 3,000 and 4,000 K color temperature options, while the fan’s available wired or wireless controls and premium BAFCon option allow for both functionality and style.