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Central AC Cycling

When you join ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling Program, you can stay cool, earn up to $40 dollars in bill credits from June 1 – September 30, while also reducing energy usage during the hottest days of summer. This program is available to customers who own their own home and have central air conditioning.

We offer two device options. We can either cycle your air conditioner utilizing an authorized smart thermostat, or we can install a direct load control (DLC) switch at your home. Cycling is only done when needed, and it may occur on any day for a limited period of time.

Eligibility

It's easy to join. If you own your home and have central air conditioning, you can enroll in ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling Program. However, customers cannot participate simultaneously in ComEd’s Central AC Cycling and Peak Time Savings programs.

Device Options

Smart Thermostat

The smart thermostat option allows ComEd to control your thermostat through your home’s Wi-Fi. Currently, Nest is the thermostat authorized for ComEd’s AC Cycling Program. Before cycling occurs, we may automatically adjust temperatures to cool your home to a comfortable setting. The pre-cooling option is only available with a smart thermostat.

Smart Thermostat option
Time:Any day of the week, (from June 1 – September 30), between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to one continuous 10-hour period during any day (if needed)
Monthly Credit:$10 per month, per household, June 1 through September 30
Total Potential Seasonal Bill Credits:$40

Enroll Online

Direct Load Control Switch

The DLC switch, which ComEd will install on the side of your home or directly on the air conditioner's compressor panel, allows us to turn the compressor off, so it safely uses less energy during a cycling event. Your air conditioner’s fan may remain on to circulate cool air to keep your home comfortable.

50% option
Time:Any day of the week, (from June 1 – September 30), between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour, for up to 10 hours (if needed)
Monthly Credit:$5 credit per month, per household, June 1 through September 30
Total Potential Seasonal Bill Credits:$20

100% option
Time:Any day of the week, (from June 1 – September 30), between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to 10 hours for a full air conditioning interruption, (i.e. turns air conditioner off), or can be cycled for up to 10 hours like the 50% cycling option at ComEd’s discretion
Monthly Credit:$10 credit per month, per household, June 1 through September 30
Total Potential Seasonal Bill Credits:$40

If someone in your household is home during most of the day or has a medical condition, the 100% option is not recommended.

Enroll Online or enroll by phone: 1-800-986-0070

Which Program is Better for Me - Central AC Cycling or Peak Time Savings?

Both ComEd programs offer summer bill credits and are built upon the customer’s ability to reduce energy usage when energy demand is high. Most customers earn larger bill credits on Central AC Cycling than they would on Peak Time Savings, but these programs differ in several important ways.

 Peak Time SavingsCentral AC Cycling w/ Direct Load Control SwitchCentral AC Cycling w/ Nest Smart Thermostat
Earn Summer Bill Credits (June – Sept)
Certainty of Receiving a Summer Bill Credit
$5/mo Summer Bill Credit ($20 Total) 50% Cycling
Option
$10/mo Summer Bill Credit ($40 Total) 100% Cycling
Option
Requires Central AC Unit
Requires Switch Installation on Central AC Compressor
Requires a Nest Smart Thermostat & Wi-Fi Connection
ComEd Performs Energy-Saving Actions Automatically (No Need to be Home)
Participant Manages All Energy-Saving Actions
Total of Summer Bill Credits For Most Customers Fall Between $0 - $10
Potential to Earn More than $40 in Total Summer Bill Credits
Can Leverage Smart Technologies and IFTTT to Increase Bill Credit Amounts

Customers may not participate simultaneously in Central AC Cycling and Peak Time Savings.

Further Questions about Central AC Cycling?

Visit the Central AC Cycling FAQs page for quick and easy answers to the most common Central AC Cycling program questions. If you have any additional questions, you can contact us via email: AcCyclingProgram@exeloncorp.com or call our Central AC Cycling support line, 630-437-3195 (supported Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  Voicemails will be returned as soon as possible.

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