New R410a refrigerant is safer for the environment and has the best performance and efficiency of any coolant on the market.
Most older air conditioners and heat pumps use a refrigerant called R22. Emissions of R22 are considered by some experts to be a significant factor in depleting the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays. Manufacturers can no loger produce equipment that uses R22. Ask for an air conditioner or heat pump that uses the more efficient and environmentally friendlier refrigerant, R410a.
What is refrigerant?
Refrigerants are what make air conditioning possible. Contained within the coils of an air conditioning system, these agents make it possible to cool and dehumidify indoor air.
What is R22?
R22 was a commonly used refrigerant that is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) compound, which contains ozone–depleting chlorine.
What is R410a?
R410a is a commonly used refrigerant that contains no chlorine and is ozone–responsible. It has a higher cooling capacity and performs better than other coolants, providing greater indoor comfort.
Will an R410a air conditioner or heat pump cost more?
The total cost of installing a new air conditioner or heat pump is affected by many factors. Air conditioners and heat pumps that contain R410a are likely to be slightly more expensive for at least a few more years. However, as R22 is phased out, R410a will become less expensive to own and operate. Speak with The House Doctor of Spartanburg, an AirEase® dealer, so you can make the most informed decision.
Do I have to replace my current R22 air conditioner or heat pump now?
No. The new laws do not affect existing units, and there should be R22 available for servicing units.