R-22 Refrigerant: What It Is, Why It’s Being Phased Out, and What It All Means
There are some important changes on the horizon, and as your provider of all things home comfort, we feel it’s our duty to help keep you informed so that you can make the right decisions for yourself and your wallet.
That being said, let’s discuss the changes to air conditioning systems and the refrigerant they use to keep you cool! Beginning with the what:
What Is R-22 Refrigerant?
R-22 refrigerant was a commonly used refrigerant in air conditioning systems that predated 2010. The EPA instated a gradual phase-out of R-22, which ends in January 2020 with a complete cease on all importing and production of the refrigerant.
Why Is R-22 Being Phased Out?
R-22 refrigerant was found to be harmful to the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere, and so the EPA, in addition to the phase-out, required that all air conditioning systems manufactured after 2010 utilize a more environmentally friendly refrigerant known as R-410A.
How Can It Affect Massachusetts Homeowners?
Homeowners who rely on air conditioning systems that still use R-22 refrigerant will notice that the costs to recharge their equipment with R-22 will increase as the phase-out draws closer to the end date. Once the phase-out is complete, those costs can be expected to increase further due to limited supply of the refrigerant.
What Should These Homeowners Do?
The good news is that homeowners don’t have to tolerate these price increases! Simply upgrading the air conditioning equipment will be enough to avoid paying more for refrigerant charges. Additionally, upgrading equipment that’s more than 10 years old can improve cooling efficiency and reduce utility costs by up to 30%!
If you suspect your air conditioning equipment still uses R-22 refrigerant, or if you’re just ready to upgrade your cooling system and save on your utility costs, contact us online today or give us a call!