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Air Conditioner Refrigerants – A Future Without Freon

Posted on: May 1, 2014

Without refrigerants, air conditioning as we know it would not be possible. These liquid cooling agents circulate inside the air conditioner’s coils to cool and dehumidify the air in our homes.

Up until very recently the most common refrigerant found in home air conditioners was R-22, or Freon. However, Freon is also a very potent contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, so its use is being phased out.

Freon Alternatives

As manufacturers phase out R-22 refrigerants, newer environmentally friendly alternative are being developed. R-410A is an EPA-recognized, ozone-friendly refrigerant. Many of the industry’s highest efficiency cooling systems are now designed to use R-410A refrigerant, benefiting the environment as well as your budget.

Freon Use In Air Conditioners Today

Although air conditioner manufacturers are required to phase out the use of R-22 systems, use of R-22 refrigerant is still allowed in older systems manufactured prior to 2010. If you have an older air conditioner that uses Freon, it’s important to ensure that the unit is well maintained and not leaking into the atmosphere.

As the availability of Freon for air conditioners become lower in the coming years it makes sense to plan on upgrading to an R-410A system now. When your old air conditioner is removed ABC will properly recycle the components to ensure the Freon does not damage to the environment.

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