Your AC system uses a chemical refrigerant to shift humidity within your house outside. This makes your home chilly and comfy. The kind of refrigerant used in your Calgary house’s air conditioner has switched several times over the years, following technological advances and environmental considerations.
All new home air conditioners in Calgary have R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be phased out. This is due to a continuous attention on reducing substances known to negatively affect the environment.
To find out the “why” that drives cooling restrictions, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences in the United States have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not actually the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling capabilities.
The main issue is the refrigerant these systems has to make the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably runs on R410a. And there’s a lot of time for you to get prepared for the phaseout. So, it’s not an issue you should be worried about during this time.
Approaches and timetables have been determined for commercial cooling equipment. But the start of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
At that time, you may need to install a new your system anyway, as the regular life cycle for an AC system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This compound isn’t being created currently, but there are still many Calgary residential AC systems that use R22. If you need repairs, it can be very expensive since only reacquired and recycled refrigerant is available.
In many cases, we suggest installing a new your unit as a result of the rising expenses of sustaining an AC with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be receiving a more energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 587-315-5271 right away and we’ll help you start finding a new solution.
How Do I Determine What Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what type of refrigerant your AC uses, you can find its nameplate. This piece is typically located on the outside condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re still not able to locate it, Calgary residents should contact us at 587-315-5271 and our pros can help.
Why are Refrigerants Hurtful to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can damage the planet and contribute to climate change. Here’s a look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have used R22, or Freon, for many years. Researchers determined it was damaging to the environment and ozone, so production permanently halted on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll find in all new air conditioning systems currently.
What Should I Do for Now?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started preparing for this purchase.
We understand that getting a new system can be a major expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ in addition to financing, With our Advantage Program, you can have an up-to-date, high-efficiency system for only one little monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no extra expense.*
Contact us at 587-315-5271 to set up an appointment now. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you locate the right comfort solution for your house.