Learn Which AC Refrigerants Are Best for Your Home Unit

Learn Which AC Refrigerants Are Best for Your Home Unit

AC refrigerantRefrigerant is an essential part of your HVAC system’s ability to provide air conditioning in order to keep your Peachtree City home cool and comfortable. Which type of refrigerant should your AC system have? Find out more about a few different types of AC refrigerant.

R-22

R-22 refrigerant is found in older HVAC systems. This type of refrigerant contains hydrofluorocarbons that cause damage to the ozone layer. As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires this refrigerant to be phased out by the end of this year. This came about due to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010. An older type of refrigerant, R-12 which uses chlorofluorocarbons, has been out of production since 1994, when it was found to cause even more damage to the environment.

R-410A and R-134

These types of refrigerant do not contain any chlorine as the older AC refrigerants do, which means that they are better for the environment. While they offer better efficiency, they are expected to be replaced with an even more eco-friendly type of refrigerant in the coming years. For now, most homeowners have HVAC systems that use R-410A rather than R-22. If you have an older system that still uses R-22, keep in mind that you can’t use R-410A in it without the right components. In this case, it might be better to invest in a new HVAC system that uses R-410A refrigerant.

R-32

This type of refrigerant claims to offer improved environmental safety compared to R-22, R-410A, and R-134. R-32 is found in some of the newer HVAC products, but it’s not available on a widespread basis yet and it has a drawback of flammability. As of now, you should at least have an AC system that uses R-410A in order to reduce damage to the environment while ensuring that your home stays as cool as possible when it’s hot outside.

If you need more information on AC refrigerant for your Peachtree City home’s HVAC system, please contact Powers Heating & Air.

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