Ceiling Fan Review: Casablanca Aya

This fan review will feature the new Casablanca Aya ceiling fan.
 

The Aya is Casablanca’s first 2-bladed ceiling fan.  It first appeared in the 2017 Hunter/Casablanca combined catalog, but was not released for sale until summer 2018. Modern styling is in and many fan manufacturers now have 2 bladed fans as part of their lineup.

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The Aya is stylish, it’s Outdoor Rated for Damp environments, and the SimpleConnect app is the coolest control we have seen for ceiling fans in over 25 years.

 

 

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The Hunter Fan Company purchased Casablanca in the mid-90s and about 5 years ago, they made a decision to finally unify a lot ceiling fan parts from both brands.  It is not a widely advertised feature, but many Hunter fan parts are now compatible with Casablanca fans and vice versa.  The SimpleConnect control system was initially a Hunter product that debuted on the Brunswick (only the 60-inch version), Apache, Symphony, and Signal in 2017.  The Aya is the first and for now, only Casablanca fan that works with the SimpleConnect app.  All of the Casablanca and Hunter SimpleConnect fans are also compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit.  If you are into gadgets, you can use any of these 3 systems to control your SimpleConnect fans. 

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Hunter 60-inch Brunswick
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Hunter Signal
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On paper, the Aya looks great.  It has an average airflow rating of 4,424 CFM, which is stronger than even the Stealth DC (part of that may be because the Stealth DC has 6 speeds and low on the Stealth DC is very slow).  Average electricity usage is 20 watts.  That’s amazingly efficient compared to the average electricity usage of 70-90 watts that is common for non-DC motor fans.

Up until last year, all fan manufacturers reported fan performance as cubic feet per minute on HIGH speed.  In the 2017 catalog, the Aya was rated at 6,360 CFM.  The Aya has not changed since appearing in the 2017 catalog.  Even though this year’s catalog only states 4424 CFM, please keep in mind that this is an average airflow volume, not it’s maximum airflow.  

I’m not a big fan of average airflow numbers, that’s like trying to sell a sports car based on  gas mileage instead of top speed, but…fan manufacturers are now required to take the high speed output, low speed output and report the average airflow for each of their fans.  It is now summer 2018 and some manufacturers are still reporting high speed airflow, while other companies are reporting average airflow, but nobody is clarifying which number they are reporting.  For now, it’s quite confusing for the general public.  Hopefully, over time, the details will get worked out and everybody will get accustomed to the new reporting requirements.

The Aya feels good and as a gadget guy, controlling the Aya with my voice via an iPhone is unbelievable.  

 

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handheld remote control
99198 (currently available)
The included wall control allows you to control the fan speeds, light dimming, set dimming or non-dimming mode for the light, and wind direction. The Aya is compatible with the current generation Universal Wall Control and Universal Handheld Remote. You can find the specific model numbers for these optional controls in the video description below. Casablanca's Universal Wall Control is convenient because it can be installed ANYWHERE. it doesn't even have to be connected to your home's electrical wiring. The universal wall control is actually powered by 2 AAA batteries. This is convenient for home owners that want a wall switch, but don't currently have a switch on the wall. Just cut a hole in the wall and pop in the wall control. no need to connect it to any wiring. It CAN be connected to your house wiring, but will still only work if it has AAA batteries. Hopefully, you remember that this wall switch uses batteries, because you WILL have to unscrew the switch from the wall to replace the batteries. ~35 The SimpleConnect app (available for both Apple and Android phones) also allows you to turn off the audio feedback (the beeps whenever a command is sent). I actually prefer the beeps because it lets me know that the fan really did receive the most recent button press. We have not found a way to turn off the beeps with the included wall control. ~17 The Aya comes in 2 different finish options: both colors feature a Porcelain White fan. The blades will come as either All-Weather White Ash or All-Weather Black Ash. The Aya blades are beautiful. The plastic blades have an etched wood grain and colored grain patterns to give them a more authentic look. ~17 Be careful with the Porcelain White finish. It is a matte finish and if your hands are dirty while installing, it takes a little bit of elbow grease to remove any dirty spots. ~8 When you purchase this fan, read the installation instructions. Attaching the blades is simple, but a little tricky. It helps to have a 2nd person to assist you and it is possible to install the blades upside down. When you try to install the light fixture right after the blades, that's when you will figure out if you made a mistake. ~18 2018 catalog teased us with the addition of another SimpleConnect fan, the Hunter Advocate, but information available to us at this time says that the Advocate won't be available until late August or September 2018. The new Casablanca Aya is a great-looking fan with high performance and great features. Come and visit our showroom in Aiea to see the Aya and the many other Casablanca fans that we have on display. We hope this video helps and look forward talking with you again soon.
99019 or 99020 (discontinued, but still available)

The included wall control allows you to control the fan speeds, light dimming, set dimming or non-dimming mode for the light, and change the wind direction.  The Aya is compatible with the current generation Universal Wall Control and Universal Handheld Remote. 

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Casablanca’s Universal Wall Control is convenient because it can be installed ANYWHERE.  it doesn’t even have to be connected to your home’s electrical wiring.  The universal wall control is actually powered by 2 AAA batteries. This is convenient for home owners that want a wall switch, but don’t currently have a switch on the wall.  Just cut a hole in the wall and pop in the wall control.  no need to connect it to any wiring.  It CAN be connected to your house wiring, but will only work if it has AAA batteries.  Hopefully, you remember that this wall switch uses batteries, because you WILL have to unscrew the switch from the wall to replace the batteries.

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The SimpleConnect app (available for both Apple and Android phones) also allows you to turn off the audio feedback (the beeps whenever a command is sent). I actually prefer the beeps because it lets me know that the fan really did receive the most recent button press.  We have not found a way to turn off the beeps with the included wall control.

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Fresh White - ABS Black Ash blades
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Fresh White - ABS White Ash blades

The Aya comes in 2 different finish options: both colors feature a Porcelain White fan.  The blades will come as either All-Weather White Ash or All-Weather Black Ash.  The Aya blades are beautiful.  The plastic blades have an etched wood grain and colored grain patterns to give them a more authentic look.

Be careful with the Porcelain White finish.  It is a matte finish and if your hands are dirty while installing, it takes a little bit of elbow grease to remove any dirty spots. 

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When you purchase this fan, read the installation instructions.  Attaching the blades is simple, but a little tricky.  There is a step that requires flipping the blades over.  The “ring” that holds the 2 fan blades together is not very strong and will easily bend (maybe even break) if you aren’t careful.  While not absolutely necessary, it definitely helps to have a 2nd person to assist you.  It IS possible to install the blades upside down.  So be careful on that step also. 

2018 catalog teased us with the addition of another SimpleConnect fan, the Hunter Advocate, but information available to us at this time says that the Advocate won’t be available until late August or September 2018.  

The new Casablanca Aya is a great-looking fan with great features and strong airflow.   If you plan on using the SimpleConnect app, the Aya is awesome and definitely worth getting. Come and visit our showroom in Aiea to see the Aya and the many other Casablanca fans that we have on display.  

We hope this helps and look forward talking with you again soon.

Style
10/10
Airflow
30/35
Features
10/10
Cost
Price

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