When dealing with batteries, electricity, or power products of any sort, you often hear the terms AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current) thrown around. While these terms may sound like gibberish, AC power has become a big part of our everyday lives. Much of what we do on a day-to-day basis wouldn’t be possible without it.

At Conley Equipment Company we place a high value on expertise. Our highly-trained experts are thoroughly acquainted with AC currents and how they work. That’s why we’re confident our services will give you the best in cost-effective power systems solutions. On top of that, we also carry a full line of AC power products.

So we think it would be beneficial to take some time today to explain what AC currents are and where they’re used. And, frankly, we just love to geek out about this kind of stuff. By the end of this blog post, we trust you’ll come away with a new appreciation for AC currents and the role they play in your life.

What exactly is an AC current?

Before we begin, it’s important to define a couple of terms.

Electric Current: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, an electric current is any movement of electric charge carriers.

Volts: Dictionary.com tells us a volt is the difference of electric potential between two points of a conductor carrying one amp. Simply put, a volt is what makes an electric charge move.

Simply speaking, an AC current is one in which the direction of the flow of electricity flows one way and then another, hence the word alternating. AC currents can go back and forth many times in a second.

Where are AC currents used?

Power generation and transmission for our homes is done with AC currents. Have you ever driven by a power plant and saw those big wires going in every which direction? Well, those wires are carrying AC currents from power plants to loads in our homes and businesses.

It’s more cost-effective to send power through our towns and cities with high voltage currents, but those high voltages make electricity unsafe to use in our homes. Our household products simply aren’t designed to run at that high a voltage. If you plugged in something like a lamp, you’d be sure to burn your lightbulb out every single time. That’s simply not feasible.

In order to safely use this power, we need to cut the voltage down somehow. That’s where transformers come in. Transformers can easily change voltages up or down, but the thing is, they don’t work with DC currents; they only work on AC currents.

Conley Equipment Company is your AC power experts

We hope you found this short introduction to AC currents helpful and interesting. Now you can go out and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.

And while we believe it’s good for anyone and everyone to have an understanding of how electricity works, when it comes to actually working with electricity, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. That’s why Conley Equipment Company Exists.

If you have any additional questions about our AC power products or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.