When it comes to ceiling fans, there are two main types: AC and DC. AC ceiling fans use traditional AC power, while DC ceiling fans use Direct Current (DC) power. Both have their pros and cons, so which one is right for you? In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between AC fans and DC fans and help you decide which type is best for your home when arranging to install a ceiling fan.

We should mention more and more DC ceiling fans are entering the Australian ceiling fan market. As a rule, DC ceiling fans consume less power than other ceiling fans. Many consumers, however, are wondering what “DC” fans are and whether DC motor ceiling fans will truly help them save energy by doing so.

What is the difference between AC and DC ceiling fans?

AC ceiling fans are the most common type and use traditional AC power. They are less expensive than DC ceiling fans, and they are easier to install. However, AC ceiling fans use more electricity than DC ceiling fans and they can be noisy.

DC ceiling fans use Direct Current (DC) power. They are more expensive than AC ceiling fans, but they are more energy-efficient and are extremely quiet. DC ceiling fans can also be controlled with a remote, making them very convenient. However, DC ceiling fans are not as common as AC ceiling fans and they can be more difficult to install.

So, which type of ceiling fan is right for you? If you are looking for a less expensive option that is easy to install, AC is the way to go. If you want a more energy-efficient and quiet option, DC is the better choice. Either way, ceiling fans can help keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long! Want to know more, read on and we will dig a bit deeper on the comparison between AC fans and DC fans.

AC Ceiling Fan

DC fans are generally only controlled by a remote, while AC fans can be switched on and off from a wall control, pull cord, or remote. Remotes are more likely to get misplaced, broken, or run out of batteries. Some DC fans come with an optional wall controller for added convenience; they’re available at extra cost.

Standard AC fans will consume no more than 100 watts on high speed which makes them more energy efficient than most household appliances.

  • Pros: Inexpensive, many styles and sizes available, easy to install
  • Cons: Can be loud, dated designs

DC Ceiling Fan

Average DC fans cost more than an identical AC model. Even though you use less power and hence save money, the difference is minor. You save around $3.50 per year if a DC fan saves you 20W per hour of operation and you utilize it for 10 hours each day, 100 days each year (all night, all of Australian summer, on low speed).

You should buy a DC ceiling fan if you’re looking for an attractive, modern design or want the very latest in energy efficiency. If saving money is your primary motivation, AC models are still a better choice.

  • Pros: More energy-efficient, quieter operation, often come with built-in lighting
  • Cons: More expensive, fewer styles and sizes available

AC vs DC – which should I choose?

Ceiling fan choices are numerous, and there are a number of variables to consider. The most vital thing to remember is that you can acquire high-quality ceiling fans with either AC or DC motors. Fans that are efficient, don’t wobble and provide good air circulation. AC motors, on the other hand, require less energy than DC motors do. They consume significantly less power than one or two standard halogen light bulbs on high speed (equivalent to one or two regular halogen light bulbs on low speed). It’s not too expensive in comparison to other home appliances, especially air conditioners. Once you’ve determined your style, budget, and purpose requirements, feel confident in choosing between AC or DC.

Before arranging for installation, take a moment to decide how low you want your ceiling fan to be; there can be different considerations to take into account depending upon whether you want to use the fan in winter, summer or both.


AC and DC ceiling fans are two of the most common types of ceiling fans. AC ceiling fans are less expensive and easier to install, but they use more electricity than DC ceiling fans. DC ceiling fans are more expensive but more energy-efficient; they also run quieter than AC ceiling fans. So, which type of fan is right for you? If you are still unsure please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly electricians from Finnley Electrical who will be more than happy to assist.

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