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Ceiling Fan Controllers - Everything you need to know to run your fan

When you invest in an HVLS (High-Volume, Low-Speed) fan got your commercial, industrial or warehouse, you want to ensure it operates optimally and is easy to use. Understanding the available options and capabilities of your fan can make a significant difference in its performance.

One crucial aspect to consider is the controller, which serves as the communication device between you and your fan. MacroAir offers various network controllers and tools to help you effectively and efficiently operate your fan. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the different types of controllers available.

Controllers - At a Glance

  1. Digital Remote

  2. Analog Remote

  3. Controller 4

  4. Controller 30

  5. AirEffect Temperature Control

  6. AirLynk BMS Integration

  7. Local Override Remote for BMS Integration

  8. Dual Control for BMS Integration

Now let's delve into each type of controller and explore their features and applications.

Digital Remote:

The Digital Remote is the standard controller for most MacroAir fans. It offers compact design and extensive functionality, allowing you to control the fan's direction and speed with the touch of a button. Here are its features:

  • Compatible with AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models.

  • Can be mounted directly on the wall or flush with the wall after removing the enclosure.

  • Controls a single fan.

  • Speed control ranges from 0 to 100 in 5% increments.

  • IP40 rating (not suitable for damp environments).

  • Simple and intuitive controls, including on/off switch, reverse and forward operation, and easy troubleshooting.

Analog Remote:

The Analog Remote is specifically designed for the MacroAir AirLegacy fan. It provides straightforward control over the fan's direction and speed using a switch or analog dial. Key features include:

  • Standard controller for AirLegacy and AirLite fan models.

  • Controls a single fan.

  • IP65 rating (suitable for damp environments).

  • Forward and reverse operation.

  • Speed control with an analog dial.

Controller 4:

The Controller 4 offers a sleek design and the ability to control up to four fans individually from a single location. This controller is compatible with all MacroAir fan models except AirLegacy. Its features include:

  • Available upgrade for AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models.

  • Controls up to four fans from a single point.

  • Individual control of each fan's speed and direction.

  • Simple and intuitive control interface.

  • Optional temperature sensor allows for automatic fan start and stop.

Controller 30:

The Controller 30 is a sophisticated controller that can manage up to 30 fans. With the optional AirEffect upgrade, it enables automatic fan control based on temperature and humidity within your facility. Here are its features:

  • Available upgrade for AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models.

  • Provides a centralized control point for individual or group fan control.

  • Features run time scheduling, grouping, and fan naming capabilities.

  • Secure remote login via smart devices or computers.

  • Optional AirEffect mode for automatic temperature control.

  • Password protection for scheduling, naming, and temperature/humidity control.

AirEffect Temperature Control:

AirEffect is an optional upgrade specifically designed for use with the Controller 30. It allows for precise temperature control by using sensors to measure temperature and humidity at the ceiling and floor levels. Based on these readings, AirEffect adjusts the fan's operating speed and direction to maintain the desired room temperature. Key features include:

  • Available upgrade for AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models in conjunction with the Controller 30.

  • Fans can be grouped into zones for more precise control.

  • Sensors provide accurate temperature and humidity readings.

  • Automatic adjustment of fan speed and direction based on the heat index.

  • Independent external sensors enable remote mounting of controllers.

AirLynk BMS Integration:

AirLynk is designed for facilities with Building Management Systems (BMS). It enables seamless integration between the BMS and MacroAir fan network. AirLynk acts as a gateway, allowing control of fans through the BACnet protocol. Key features include:

  • Suitable for buildings with BMS using BACnet protocol.

  • Provides complete integration of MacroAir fans into the BMS system.

  • Requires proper identification of BMS and its protocol before installation.

  • Strict adherence to installation guidelines is crucial for successful integration.

  • MacroAir's Controls Engineers can provide on-site support for integration.

Local Override Remote for BMS Integration:

The Local Override Remote is designed to override the BMS control temporarily, allowing the local user to control a fan as needed. It integrates with the Building Management System and offers analog speed and direction control at the occupant level. Here are its features:

  • Compatible with AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models.

  • Each fan requiring local override control needs its own enclosed PLC.

  • Auto Mode allows the fan to receive commands from the BMS.

  • Analog controls include speed and direction knobs.

  • Requires AirLynk for BMS integration.

Dual Control for BMS Integration:

Dual Control provides temporary local control over the BMS and is suitable for large facilities. It allows local control of up to 30 fans and provides seamless integration between the Building Management System and local fan network. Key features include:

  • Compatible with AVDX, AVD370, AirVolution, and AVD3 fan models.

  • Enables local control through Dual Control-enabled Controller 30 screens.

  • Ensures the last known command is followed, whether from the BMS, Dual Control, Controller 30 screens, or smart devices.

  • Allows grouping and naming of fans.

  • Password protection for operation, naming, and grouping.

  • Requires AirLynk for BMS integration.

MacroAir offers a comprehensive range of controllers to suit various fan models and facility needs. By selecting the right network controller, you can optimize the performance and efficiency of your HVLS fan. Consider the requirements of your facility and choose the controller that best meets your needs.

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