As we further investigate the environment and see the effects of gas and other chemicals emitted into the air, we strive to make more conscious efforts to preserve the health of the world and its inhabitants.
What we are seeing recently is a major stride in manufacturing more energy efficient home and commercial appliances. Without ever really knowing a system, like air-conditioning units that run on R-22 refrigerant (AC Freon) is actually contributing to depleting ozone.
Out with the old and in with the new is what the U.S. government is striving for with a policy that requires air conditioning units and heat pumps to no longer use R-22 refrigerant.
In the HVAC industry, the R-22 refrigerant has been used for many years and now the standard is to manufacture central air conditioning systems with new units that use the R-410A Freon.
For current systems with R-22, if you notice a refrigerant leak or if the entire system needs to be recharged, you can have it serviced with R-22, but only until 1/1/2020.
After 1/1/2020, refrigerant manufacturers are required to cease all production of R-22 refrigerant. All new HVAC systems are using R-410A Freon, which is much more environmentally friendly.
What makes R-410A better?
It is a hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC), which doesn’t harm the ozone or cause depletion.
It is more reliable and efficient as it absorbs and releases more heat than R-22. This leads to the AC unit compressor running cooler, reducing a risk of compressor overheat.
R-410A functions at higher pressure so it is able to withstand greater stress and thus, units are more durable.
To reduce wear and tear on the compressor, units with R-410A use a synthetic oil to keep the compressor lubricated.
Although HVAC units using the R-410A are more expensive, you are doing a greater good for the environment. In the long run, your investment will pay off with a more efficient and longer-lasting HVAC unit.
At Babcock Home Inspections, we specialize in home and appliance inspection. For more information about any of the services we offer, please contact us at 210-325-2106 today!