Central Air Conditioning Cycling

Why? 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.

 

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

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.

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.

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

Get started: 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:

Smart Thermostat Option

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

          Enroll Online

Direct Load Contol 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

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

 

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Offers and Incentives: To participate, enroll at ComEd.com/ACcycling or call (800) 986-0070.