The way we cool off is about to change. That’s because new AC refrigerant regulations are going to come into effect next year. There’s no need to lose your cool though.
Knowledge is power and we want to share our expertise with you. Here’s the lowdown that’ll help you stay cool, calm and collected.
The Facts About Freon
For many years Freon, also known as R22, was the main refrigerant chemical used in residential air conditioning units. It’s also one of a group of gases which is thought to damage the earth’s ozone layer.
This is why the Environmental Protection Agency decided Freon should be phased out. That means the production of Freon will have ceased by January 1st, 2020. The only way to get Freon after this will be from recycled products.
AC units made since 2010 no longer rely on Freon. Most use a refrigerant called Puron, or R410A. This is a safe alternative to Freon. It’s become the standard for residential air conditioning systems.
The Impact on Your Home
It could well be that your AC unit already uses a more environmentally friendly refrigerant. Older units that were replaced after 2010 will likely come into this category.
AC units made before 2010 and which still work properly do not need to be replaced immediately so there is no need to panic. However, it is a fact that Freon will no longer be produced or imported from the beginning of 2020.
Older systems which rely on Freon can still be serviced after 2020. They can even be recharged with recycled Freon, if necessary. Because Freon will be more difficult to source, the cost of recycled Freon is likely to increase.
How We Can Help You
If you’re unsure whether your system uses Freon and if you’re in the Cape Coral area then we can help you. We’ll be able to make a diagnosis of your AC system and advise you on the best way to proceed.
If your system uses Freon then the solution may not be as simple as switching to a safer refrigerant. That’s because older systems may not be completely compatible with safer gases like Puron.
It may be possible to do something called a retrofit. That could mean replacing the outdoor unit but not all the other parts of the system in the house. It’s a potential solution but it can be a little expensive.
A New AC System
The average lifespan of an AC system is around fifteen years. If yours was made before 2010, you may want to consider replacing it. You’ll end up with something that’s more efficient and environmentally friendly into the bargain.
It’s well worth considering the savings you will make in energy bills. In the end, this could save you more than modifying an older system that you’d have to replace sooner or later anyway. You’ll also end up with better indoor air quality.
Understanding New AC Refrigerant Regulations
It’s worth being across the new AC refrigerant regulations and how they could affect you. This way you can prepare for any consequences that are relevant to you.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything you’re unsure about. We’re here to help and support you with all your HVAC needs.