We live in a time of enormous technological change. When you think back to all the changes that have taken place over the past half-century, there have been some truly mind-boggling accomplishments. We live in a world where most of us have access to desktop computers, cell phones, and microwave ovens. We’re connected through the Internet and can communicate with people from all over the globe in an instant. Space travel is no longer the stuff of science fiction and we’ve made impressive advances in the fields of medicine and science.
Along with our many advances, we’ve also caused damage to our environment far more quickly than previous generations. Carbon dioxide levels are at the highest point since the late 1950s. It’s time to take steps to repair the damage.
Changes in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduces Freon Production
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reducing the amount of R22 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon. It is used in the cooling cycle of air conditioning. Scientists found that this chemical was having a negative effect on the ozone layer, and the EPA developed a plan to eliminate it over a number of years.
In 2015, production of R22 will be reduced to 90% below the US baseline. By 2020, the Agency will stop allowing all production and importing of R22. As production goes down, prices will increase dramatically.
Puron a Substitute for Freon
Puron R410a, can be used as a substitute for Freon, but it is on the list of substances that contribute to global warming. It operates at a higher pressure than Freon, which means that homeowners will need to buy new air conditioning equipment to use it.
Since Freon won’t be readily available and any supply will be very expensive, it makes sense to replace your air conditioning system that use R22. If your system needs repairs to its condenser coil or evaporator coil, you would be better off buying a new unit. At this point, continuing to invest in the air conditioning system doesn’t make sense.
Air Depot has been serving Cypress and the surrounding area since 1977. We are your air conditioning and service experts. Call us at 281-477-3700 to discuss your options in upgrading your system.