Since 1992, a major shift in the air conditioning industry has been underway. R22 refrigerant (often called by its brand name, Freon) has been being phased out in favor of a new type of refrigerant: R410a (often called by its brand name, Puron). This has some big implications for homeowners who are repairing or replacing their air conditioners any time soon. Today we're going to talk about the difference between R22 vs. R410a refrigerant and how each will affect your home's cooling system!
The Reason for the Shift From R22 to R410a Refrigerant
R22 has been the standard refrigerant used in air conditioners for many years. The problem with this refrigerant is that it is both less efficient and less environmentally friendly than R410a refrigerant. The government-mandated shift away from R22 refrigerant is an attempt to make homes more efficient and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses into the environment.
R22 vs. R410a Refrigerant: Which is Better?
So, the government wants us to shift away from R22 refrigerant. But laws aside, which of the two refrigerant options is actually a better option for homeowners?
As you can see, R410a has some pretty substantial advantages in comparison to R22 refrigerant.
What Does This Mean for St. Louis Area Homeowners?
Although R22 refrigerant is still available to replenish older systems that have refrigerant leaks, the cost of that repair is on the rise. Because R410a refrigerant requires different air conditioner components than R22, you cannot replenish a system that uses R22 refrigerant with R410a refrigerant.
In order to reap the efficiency, performance and environmental benefits of R410a refrigerant, you will need to install a new system that is designed to use the refrigerant. If your air conditioner is nearing the end of its operating life, R410a refrigerant might be a good reason to replace your system sooner rather than later so that you can avoid the rising costs of repairing a refrigerant leak with R22 refrigerant.
If you have any other questions about R22 vs. R410a refrigerant, or if you'd like a cooling system to be serviced or installed in your Missouri home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Ladue, Lake St. Louis, and Manchester, MO.
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