Central AC Cycling is a program that allows you to earn up to $40 dollars in bill credits from June 1 – September 30, while also reducing energy usage during the hottest days of summer. ComEd cycles your central air conditioning compressor for a limited time. Cycling can occur any day of the week, up to a 12-hour continuous period, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., May 1 – October 31. You may participate in the program utilizing a direct load control (DLC) switch we can install at your home.
This money-saving program is available to customers who own their own home and have central air conditioning. However, customers cannot participate simultaneously in ComEd's Central AC Cycling and Peak Time Savings programs.
The AC Cycling program offers two options:
Time: Any day of the week, (from May 1 – October 31), between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.Unit Cycles Off: Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour, for up to 12 hours (if needed)
You Receive: $5 bill credit per month, per household, June 1 - September 30Total Bill Credit: $20
Central Air Conditioning Cycling allows customers to stay cool, earn bill credits, while also reducing energy use.
On average, ComEd has cycled participants’ central air conditioning units once each summer during the last 10 years. Customers receive their bill credits for participating in the program, regardless of cycling days. Cycling can occur any day during the months of May – October for up to 12 hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (if needed).
No. Even without participating in Central Air Conditioning Cycling, your compressor cycles on and off normally. The switch simply allows ComEd to manage the cycling times. Each switch is tested before installation and has been approved by top air conditioner manufacturers such as Carrier, York, Lennox and Trane.
Customers who participate generally notice little difference in their comfort level. Your air conditioner's fan remains on, circulating the already cooled air throughout your home. Also, cycling usually occurs during the weekday afternoon when many people are out of their homes.
It depends on overall demand for energy, which is usually dictated by weather. Typically, cycling would occur during very hot weather.
In most cases, yes. In extreme cases, such as when there is a sudden need to cycle air conditioners, there may not be enough time to notify customers.
No, the Central Air Conditioning Cycling Program only affects your central air conditioner’s compressor. Neither your A/C’s fan nor any other electrical appliance will be affected by participating.
Once a direct load switch is installed, you cannot control when you're AC may be cycled. If you think there may be days, or periods of time, during the summer when you would not want to participate, this service may not be right for you. Also, if someone in your household is home during most of the day or has a medical condition, the 100% option is not recommended. If you are still concerned, you may wish to review the Central AC Cycling Options to learn more.
AC Cycling participants earn a $5.00 or $10.00 credit per month on their energy bills from June – September.
Participating in Central Air Conditioning
Cycling will not affect your bill, except for the $5 or $10 a month credit you
will receive. Your home's temperature is dependent on local weather and your
home's construction (insulation and air infiltration levels).
You can contact us via email:
AcCyclingProgram@exeloncorp.com or call our Central AC Cycling support line: 1-630-437-3195 (supported Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Voicemails will be returned as soon as possible.