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Is Your AC Still Using R-22?

If you read that title and you’re thinking to yourself, “what the heck is R-22?” then this is the blog post for you! Homeowners with a trustworthy team of professionals on speed dial don’t really need to worry about the specifics of refrigerant in their system. However, the more homeowners know about the refrigerant their AC is using, the more likely they are to make a good financial decision going forward.

Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between R-22 refrigerant and R-410A. Since one of those types of refrigerant have been phased out since 2020, things could get extremely expensive for certain homeowners if they’ve got an old or outdated system.

Air conditioning in Pooler, GA doesn’t have to be complicated. Make sure you call our team with any questions you might have, or if you think your AC is ready for an upgrade.

What Is R-22?

R-22 is more commonly known as “Freon,” which is a term that most homeowners are familiar with. Freon has been widely used as refrigerant since the invention of the air conditioner, since it’s able to absorb heat through pressurization very easily. While this is all fine and dandy, R-22 is also absolutely abysmal for the environment. Let us explain.

R-22 is incredibly toxic for the ozone layer. When released as a gas into the air, it eats away at the ozone layer, contributing to the greenhouse effect and keeping carbon emissions and heat within our own atmosphere. Basically, the more air conditioners that are using R-22, the more likely we are to see lasting damage to the planet and our environment.

Thankfully, R-410A was a remarkable achievement in the world of HVAC technology, and it’s going to be important to know what this is going forward.

The Advent of R-410A, a Better Refrigerant

R-410A, or known by its easier to remember name—Puron, is a refrigerant that functions the exact same way as R-22 (albeit at higher pressure) without providing lasting damage to the environment. Since it was invented in 1991, several world governments have been educating HVAC professionals about the necessary transition from Freon to Puron for environmental reasons, and as the phaseout occurred in 2020, it’s now more financially viable to use R-410A than it is R-22.

What This Means for You

Most air conditioners now use R-410A and are better for the environment than their older counterparts. However, not everyone has made the transition yet, and some people don’t even know that their system is using a refrigerant that is extremely expensive to recharge. If you utilize an AC with R-22 refrigerant and it starts to leak, you’re going to be paying exorbitant prices to recharge it, no matter how old your system is.

This is the perfect time to check and see the type of refrigerant your AC uses. It should be listed on the system itself so you can be absolutely sure. If your unit uses R-22, make sure you start thinking about having it upgraded to a higher efficiency, more environmentally friendly system today. We promise it will be better for your budget in the long run.

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