Hunter Fan Company Announces First HomeKit-Enabled Ceiling Fans

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is seeing the debut of quite a few new HomeKit-enabled devices, including the first HomeKit-connected ceiling fans, coming from Hunter Fan Company. The Symphony and the Signal are the only ceiling fans that support Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, and they're also Hunter Fan Company's first connected home products.

The Symphony and Signal ceiling fans connect to a home's Wi-Fi network. With HomeKit support, the fans are able to be controlled using Siri voice commands and they are able to interface with other HomeKit products like lights and thermostats for a full connected home experience using Scenes and Triggers.

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With a Scene, for example, a home owner with multiple HomeKit products could simultaneously lock the door, turn on the lights, and turn off the fan. With a Trigger, the fan can be set to come on in specific scenarios, such as when a HomeKit-connected fire alarm detects smoke.

"Our ceaseless innovation is why Hunter Fan is the industry leader, and these new Wi-Fi enabled fans, with added support for Apple HomeKit, are a testament to our heritage of progress and originality," said Hunter Fan CEO John Alexander. "They're beautiful, affordable, high quality pieces of decor that bring state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology where it might not be expected: the ceiling fan. As we celebrate 130 years, we have several exciting developments to share with our customers, and are proud to kick off 2016 at CES with Symphony and Signal."

Both fans measure in at 54 inches and come with dimmable integrated lighting and a WhisperWind function for powerful air movement with quiet performance. The Symphony fan features a modern design with white blades while the Signal features wood-finished blades with a satin nickel housing. Symphony will retail for $329 and Signal will retail for $379.

Hunter Fan Company's HomeKit-connected fans will be available for purchase beginning in the spring of 2016 from the company's website and from Amazon, Lowe's, HomeDepot, and more.

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62 months ago
Is it really so hard to turn on a light switch these days?

What a bunch of lazy bones we are.
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62 months ago

Is it really so hard to turn on a light switch these days?

What a bunch of lazy bones we are.

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62 months ago
Wait. The fire alarm goes off, so turn on the fan?

Couldn't that, you know, make things burn much much faster by moving the smoke away from the flames and circulating oxygen-rich air?

I hope Hunter doesn't make that one of their canned actions, or they'll start seeing lawsuits from homeowners whose homes burned down more quickly because of this trigger ...

On topic, though, I'd rather just have a home kit-enabled wall switch that I can use with whatever fan/light/etc combination I want, rather than spending extra and being limited to this one choice in fan.
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62 months ago

Is it really so hard to turn on a light switch these days?

What a bunch of lazy bones we are.

Of all the uses, being able to turn a fan on from bed is probably a more practical one than most other HomeKit light control functions. I've lived in many houses with ceiling fans, and only in one of them was the light switch near enough to the bed that when my wife rolled over and asked me to turn on the fan I was able to do so without getting up and walking across the room to the switch.
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62 months ago

Is it really so hard to turn on a light switch these days?

What a bunch of lazy bones we are.

Speaking of being lazy, you might want to think about the actual real world use of products like these before you start throwing around accusations.

and so affordable.... $379 for a WiFi fan? Really?!!!

Under $500 sounds affordable for ANY fan.
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62 months ago

Our ceaseless innovation is why Hunter Fan is the industry leader

You make fans, Hunter. Get over yourself.
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