Going Green

GOING GREEN WITH YOUR HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS!

For the last 40 years, Heating ventilation and Air conditioning equipment manufacturers have been producing equipment that uses R-22 refrigerant. R-22 is now considered a greenhouse gas and causes ozone depletion when released into the atmoshere will contribute to global warning. In 1996, as an answer to replace R-22, R-410A was introduced into residential equipment under the name Puron. In the years since, R-410A has become a better and more eco-friendly product. Now that R-410A is readily available, the EPA is phasing out R-22 refrigerant. Unfortunately the two refrigerants are not interchangeable and neither are certain parts of the equipment.

WHAT WILL CHANGE?

In the coming years, R-22 will be manufactured less and less. With limited availability, the price of R-22 is becoming increasingly difficult to afford. Refrigerant is the key part of the cooling process and is used in every residential air conditioner.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AS A HOMEOWNER?

During the span of a 30 year mortgage, most home owners will need to change their air conditioners and possibly their entire heating and cooling system about 3 times. Replacement of your heating and air conditioning system is not only a good investment now, but it will help out the planet, and can REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILLS if installed properly by a trained professional.

IT’S TIME TO GO GREEN!

The federal government, specifically the Environmental protection Agency (EPA), has created an Energy Star rating which means that any equipment with this rating adheres to government standards on cutting down energy consumption. In heating and air conditioning equipment, this translates to a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. The SEER rating is the industry standard for rating the cooling efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps; A good analogy is that it’s like the MPG of your car, and just like high MPG in your car, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit.