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Central AC Cycling

Reduce electricity demand on the hottest days of the summer by joining ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling. By enrolling, you can help us better manage our energy resources, and earn credits on your summer electric.

 

With our AC Cycling program, we offer two device options. ComEd can either install a direct load control (DLC) switch at your home, or you can cycle utilizing an authorized Smart Thermostat.

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 your compressor off and on, so it uses less power safely during a cycling event. Your fan still stays on to circulate already cooled air and to keep your home comfortable.

The smart thermostat option allows ComEd to control your thermostat through your home Wi-Fi. Currently, Nest is the Smart Thermostat authorized for the AC Cycling Program by ComEd.

Cycling is only done when needed, and it may occur only on weekdays and for limited periods 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.

Device Options

Direct Load Control Switches

50% option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour (if needed).
Monthly Credit:$5 credit/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Credit:$20
100% option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to 3 hours for a full air conditioning interruption (i.e. turns air conditioner off)  or can be cycled up to 6 hours like the 50% cycling option at ComEd’s discretion.
Monthly Credit:$10 credit/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Credit:$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: 800-986-0070

Smart Thermostats

100% option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to one continuous 6-hour period during any weekday (if needed).
Monthly Incentive:$10 incentive/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Incentive Payment:$40

Enroll Online

Questions?

Any questions regarding the Nest Thermostat, please call 855-469-6378

Any questions regarding ComEd’s AC Cycling program, please call 630-437-3195 or Email Us

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