Central AC Cycling is a program that allows ComEd to conveniently cycle your air conditioning compressor for a limited time during the hottest days when electricity is most in demand. Cycling can occur on up to 20 weekdays for up to 6 hours between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., June through September. In order to participate in the program, you can either use an authorized smart thermostat or have a control switch installed at your home.
This money-saving program is available to customers who own their own home and have central air conditioning. Additionally, customers cannot participate simultaneously in ComEd’s Central AC Cycling and Peak Time Savings program.
The AC Cycling program offers three options:
Time: Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unit Cycles Off: Up to one continuous 6-hour period during any weekday You Receive: $10 credit per month per household, June 1 through September 30 Total Seasonal Credit: $40
Time: Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unit Cycles Off: Up to one continuous six-hour period. A 100% customer could be cycled, at ComEd's discretion, like a 50% option customer. You Receive: $10 credit per month per household, June 1 through September 30 Total Seasonal Credit: $40
Time: Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unit Cycles Off: Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour over no more than a 6-hour period You Receive: $5 credit per month per household, June 1 through September 30 Total Seasonal Credit: $20
Central Air Conditioning Cycling helps encourage customers to use less energy during times when it is most in demand.
The average has been once per summer from 2009 to 2018. However, cycling could occur up to 20 weekdays for up to 6 hours between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., June through September
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.
The smart thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. Currently, Nest is the Smart Thermostat authorized for the AC Cycling Program by ComEd. You can download the Nest thermostat app on your phone, so you can control your home’s temperature from anywhere.
Customers who participate in our service generally notice little difference in their comfort level. Your air conditioners 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 electricity, 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.
Smart Thermostat customers 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 the switch is installed, you cannot control when you’re A/C 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. If you are still concerned, you may wish to review the Central AC Cycling Options to learn more.
You will see a $5.00 or $10.00 credit on your energy bill in the months of 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. Re-cooling of your home is dependent on local weather and your home’s construction (insulation and air infiltration levels). After a cycling period ends, it is typically cooler outside than it was when cycling of your A/C began.
You can contact us via email: AcCyclingProgram@exeloncorp.com or call our Central AC Cycling support line: (630) 437-3195 (supported Monday through Friday 9-4). Voice mails will be returned as soon as possible.