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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 10-hour continuous period, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., June 1 – September 30. You may participate in the program utilizing an authorized Nest thermostat, or we can install a direct load control (DLC) switch 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 three options:
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 You Receive: A $10 bill credit per month, per household, June 1 - September 30 Total Bill Credit: $40
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 You Receive: $10 bill credit per month, per household, June 1 - September 30 Total Bill Credit: $40
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) You Receive: $5 bill credit per month, per household, June 1 - September 30 Total Bill Credit: $20
Central Air Conditioning Cycling allows customers to stay cool, earn bill credits, while also reducing energy use.
The average has been once per summer from 2009 to 2018. However, cycling could occur any day of the week, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., June 1 – September 30.
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.
Participating customers who have a Nest thermostat will receive notification on their thermostat and on their thermostat app.
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. With the smart thermostat option, before cycling occurs we may automatically adjust temperatures to cool your home to a comfortable setting. 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: 630-437-3195 (supported Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Voicemails will be returned as soon as possible.