So I’ve had a Vera for quite some time and have used it mostly with lamp controls, but am starting some renovations on my house and will be installing recessed lighting and ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms.
I know the VRF01 is the only fan speed control switch made to work with z-wave. The problem I am having is figuring out what kind of fan I should buy! In the instructions it says “only use with permanent split capacitor or shaded pole motors only”.
Now, I figure I can go with a basic pull-chain controlled fan and be fine, but I prefer the styling of some of the more contemporary looking fans, and most of those seem to come with their own controllers. I still need to do more research, as I know some of the controllers can be removed, and have the fan (and light if there is one) wired directly to the switches - but I am having a tough time figuring out what can work, and what won’t!
First option, is this fan from Lowes - though I’m fairly certain this won’t work, as it is a DC fan, 6 speed - seems to have circuitry built in - but I can’t 100% confirm that, as I can’t find the installation instructions online to see a wiring diagram:
Second option, is this unit from Minka Aire - I need to call them tomorrow to see if their controller can be bypassed. I believe it can be, just looking at the installation instructions:
installation: Minka Group®
So I am curious - what is everyone else using? Should I stick to the traditional fans, get one with a pull chain, and be done with it? Or should I forget about using the VRF01, get a simple on/off z-wave switch and connect that to any fan I choose?
Price is a consideration too - I may use the VRF01 in my bedroom, and then simpler switches for the other rooms. However I would ideally like all the fans to be the same.
Thanks for your thoughts!