In 1993, as a part of the Clean Air Act, the EPA began implementing a phase-out schedule for R-22, an ozone-depleting refrigerant, that is being replaced by non-ozone-depleting alternative refrigerants such as R-410A. As of 2010, R-22 refrigerant was no longer being produced for use in new air conditioners, but was only available for servicing existing units. As of 2020, production of R-22 will be discontinued entirely. The only R-22 refrigerant that will be available for servicing older ac units will be that which has been recycled/reclaimed, meaning availablity of the refrigerant will become problematic, and costly.
During the 10 year phase-out period, Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning is recommending to it’s customers who may have an older air conditioning system, that they consider the benefits of purchasing a new, energy-efficient system. Some of these benefits are:
1. Even though R-22 will continue to be available for servicing older air conditioners for several more years, it has already become very expensive. And the cost will continue to rise as availability decreases.
2. Newer ac units use much less energy to produce the same amount of cooling, saving you a considerable amount, as much as 40%, on your heating and cooling bills each year.
3. Newer air conditioners that display the Energy Star label have a minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that enhances their performance as well as making them more reliable and cost-effective. More efficient cooling of your home means your home will maintain a more comfortable, even temperature.
4. The federal government has extended the tax rebate program on purchases of certain Energy Star appliances, including many air conditioning and heating systems, until December 31, 2013.
Questions about newer, energy-efficient air conditioning systems? Give us a call! An experienced HVAC technician is always available during business hours to answer your questions.
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