I want to use a triac controlled by a suitable optoisolator such as a MOC3020 to switch a single phase AC motor on and off, like the ones you'd find in a typical desk fan or a blender or similar.
I don't want speed control… just on or off.
I've used triacs in the past to switch resistive loads, which have worked with no problems.
Is there anything special or different I need to do to switch an inductive load? Do I need to include any kind of protection or noise suppression? If so what additional components are needed, and how are they implemented?