Ceiling fan technology is always improving at a rapid rate. This has led to the improvement of many products, including the introduction of DC motors, giving us the option to invest in either an AC or DC ceiling fan. But only some people know the differences or advantages of each type of fan. Previously we posted a blog discussing the advantages of DC motor fans. Today we are going to look at the particular advantages of choosing a fan with an AC motor.
What is the Difference Between a DC and AC Ceiling Fan?
AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) motors work in very different ways. An AC motor is connected to the power source. This provides the force required to rotate the ceiling fan motor. During this process, the electric current reverses direction.
A DC motor, on the other hand, has a transformer that connects to the power source. This converts the power to direct current, decreasing the amount of energy needed to operate the fan. The electrical current only flows in one direction and won’t reverse, like AC.
AC motors use less electricity than most of your household appliances, especially when compared to air conditioners. A standard AC motor will use no more than 100 watts at the highest speed, though the majority of AC fans will use less. They also have the flexibility of being controlled via a wall control panel or a remote. And there are a wider variety of styles with more options, at a lower price point.
AC Ceiling Fans are Cheaper
As we said above, AC ceiling fans are more affordable than DC ceiling fans. So if you’re working with a tight budget, an AC ceiling fan is perfect for you. You can also find them in a wide variety of styles at an excellent price. They are also easier to maintain compared to DC fans.
AC Fans Offer Flexible Control
AC ceiling fans offer a wider variety of control. They can feature the traditional pull cord, a wall control, or a remote control. DC fans, on the other hand, can only be controlled using a remote, which may become inconvenient if you lose your remote, the remote breaks, or if it runs out of batteries.
AC Motors Are Energy Efficient
While AC motors are not considered as energy efficient as DC fans, they still use far less energy than most of your other appliances. Most standard AC ceiling fans use less than 100 watts.
Cons of AC Ceiling Fan Motors
AC motors consume more energy when compared to DC fans. Despite the fact AC fans initially cost less, you may spend more in the long run due to slightly higher power costs.
AC motors also tend to produce more noise when operating. This is the “hum” we all associate with typical ceiling fans. The hum is produced by the electromagnetic interference. DC fans don’t produce this noise due to the phase control methods. The noise may annoy some, especially in quiet spaces, like bedrooms and studies.
DC or AC Motors?
Are you still unsure which fan to buy? The team at Martec are happy to help. Our team can help you choose the perfect ceiling for your room based on your needs. The Martec professionals have many years of experience in the industry, so we can suggest the perfect ceiling fan for your needs. Or you can explore our wide range of AC and DC fans to find the perfect option for your home. Click here to see our range of ceiling fans, or to read more about DC fans, or contact us today for expert advice and help.