Purdue Research Park affiliate launches bladeless ceiling fan

Published: November 6, 2012

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A Georgetown, Ind.-based firm that is an affiliate of the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana is launching its bladeless ceiling fan for residential and industrial consumers on Indiegogo.com.

Exhale Fans LLC builds ceiling fans that use spinning discs to generate a laminar flow, or a non-turbulent streamline flow of air, that maintains a stable room temperature. The six-speed fans are operated by wireless remote, and do not vibrate or create noise. Inventor Nik Hiner based the design on work by Nicola Tesla, a 19th-century inventor. Hiner is the company's president, and Richard Halsall is the CEO.

Hiner said Exhale Fans are more efficient than traditional ceiling fans.

"They create complete air movement in a room that bladed fans cannot," he said. "Our fans are more effective than a traditional fan at reducing the number of cycles required by an air conditioning unit. They use only 34 watts at their highest speed and hang only seven-and-a-quarter inches from where they are attached to the ceiling."

Hiner said Exhale Fans will be manufactured in New Albany, Ind., and the company has made connections with local, national and global firms for distribution.

"We are dedicated to producing the Exhale Fan in the local community, which in turn will support economic growth in the area," he said.

The company began selling the fans Nov. 5 onIndiegogo.com, a group funding website.

Halsall explained why he and his colleagues became affiliates of the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana.

"The affiliation allows us access to networking opportunities, business development contacts and global business relationships," he said. "By utilizing the Purdue Technical Assistance Program, we also hope to gain third-party validation of our unique airflow profile."

About Exhale Fans LLC

Exhale Fans was formed in 2011 and is located in Georgetown, Ind. With a solid technical and management team, Exhale Fans is positioned to release its first production fan in 2012. Utilizing a "Know Before You Go" philosophy has allowed the company to perfect a manufacturing process to provide a high-quality product for the consumer.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Purdue Research Park contact:

Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Exhale Fans LLC contact:

Ryan P. Campbell, director of customer relations,ryan@exhalefans.com

PHOTO CAPTION: Exhale Fans LLC designs and manufactures ceiling fans that use spinning discs instead of external blades to maintain a stable temperature in residential and industrial settings. The company, which is an affiliate of the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, began selling the fans in November. (Exhale Fans photo)