If you’ve heard about R22 refrigerant being phased out for a more environmentally R-410A, then it may be in your best interest to learn about what refrigerant is and what it does. In laymen’s terms, a refrigerant works in combination with air conditioning components to absorb hot air and expel it outside, and then generate cool air and distribute it around the home, but there are different types of refrigerants we can look at:
- Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) such as R12 – scientifically proven to contribute to ozone depletion therefore production ceased in 1994.
- Hydro Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as R22 – slightly less contribution to ozone depletion but still apparent nonetheless, therefore the EPA has issued a similar production cease by 2020.
- Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) such as R-410A – no chlorine in the composition that has less environmental impact therefore safer are in place. R-410A compatible systems offer higher efficiency better air quality, reliability, and overall increased comfort.
Is it time to transition as well?
You can verify if your system runs on R22 or R-410A by inspecting your outside unit’s label. The EPA doesn’t require you to immediately replace your system but if you’re looking for ways to save on your utility bills in the long run, want better comfort, or just want to do your part in protecting the environment, ask a qualified HVAC technician from Ken’s AC to talk about upgrade options. We offer flexible finance options, rebates, and warranty plans that make any decision easier.