Most air conditioners rely on refrigerant to cool the air in your home. These systems blow warm air over coils that are chilled by a refrigerant, thus cooling the air itself. The exact refrigerant used in cooling systems changes regularly, which can make this industry seem confusing to the consumer.
The R410 Phaseout
The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act calls for a gradual phaseout of R410 refrigerants. The act specifies that this refrigerant must be reduced by 10% as of January 1, 2022. This small reduction may not have made waves, but the phaseout will only continue to grow in the coming years. By 2024, baseline production of R410 refrigerants must be reduced to 60% of the EPA’s baseline, which will certainly make a more noticeable difference. Many are expecting R410 to be phased out completely by 2025.
A2L refrigerants are the recommended replacement for R410. While these are easier on the environment, A2L products are classified as mildly flammable. This does not present any major hazard to homeowners as the risk of ignition is still low, and A2Ls are far less flammable than something like propane. However, the HVAC industry will still have to contend with new rules, regulations, and procedures in accordance with the new refrigerant.
What This Means for Homeowners
As a homeowner, you won’t have to worry too much about the switch to different refrigerant products if your current AC unit is humming along efficiently. If you’re considering a replacement, you should speak with a technician about the latest refrigerant changes. You may find that your next installation uses a different type of refrigerant than your last one and is better for the environment as well!
If you have questions or concerns about the refrigerant in your air conditioner, contact our team at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Baton Rouge to learn more. We’re happy to help you navigate this changing industry.