This is a valid question! For decades, the refrigerant R-22, also known as Freon, has been the standard of choice for residential air conditioning and heat pump systems. According to the EPA, R-22 is an ozone-depleting substance. Under the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the U.S. started phasing out R-22. As of January 1, 2020, no new R-22 will be imported into the country.
What does this mean for you?
You can still use your air conditioner! It is important that you have regular maintenance on your home cooling system. Regular service decreases potential environmental damage and prolongs the life of your system. One tip the EPA makes is to ensure the technician is certified to service equipment containing R-22. Every one of our technicians is NATE-certified (our industry’s gold standard) and goes through ongoing training to stay up-to-date with the latest in heating and cooling technology.
Can I still purchase a home air conditioner that contains HCFC-22?
No. You can no longer purchase a central AC unit that uses Freon, however, you can continue to service your existing R-22 system. You can also purchase a “self-contained” system (typically, a window unit) that uses R-22 if it is second-hand and/or was produced prior to 2010.
Are refrigerants available for home air conditioners that do not harm the ozone layer?
Yes, a number of ozone-friendly refrigerants are available and widely used today. The most common alternative in new AC systems is R-410A, which is also known as Puron. Our consultants and technicians are well-versed in dealing with Puron as well as on high-efficiency compressors, reduced-noise units and “smart” controls and thermostats.
Closing- If you have any questions about the functionality, safety or efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump, give us a no-pressure call! We can help you make sure you have the right equipment to keep you and your family safe and comfortable.
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