AC Refrigerants: A Closer Look at R22 and R410A

One of the most important components of an air conditioning system is its refrigerant, which is what makes air conditioning possible. This liquid agent is contained within the coils of an AC system, which provides the cooling and dehumidifying effects.

AC Refrigerants: A Closer Look at R22 and R410A

There are several types of refrigerants available on the market. Most homeowners buy air conditioning units based on their energy efficiency, filtration features or brand, but it’s also important to consider their AC refrigerants, as this has a huge impact on the performance of the HVAC and its control systems.

The problem, however, is that most homeowners cannot entirely grasp the technicalities of this topic. Some can’t even be bothered to look up this information, leading to many issues in the long run.

To help you get started, let’s compare two of the most common AC refrigerants on the market today: R22 (Freon) and R410A (Puron).

The Rise of R410A

The HVAC industry is constantly striving for better refrigerant agents due to many environmental and energy efficiency concerns. During the late 2000s, R410A dominated the industry, and has since gradually replaced R22. This trend has persisted due the environmental risks attached to the use of R22. Leakage of R22 releases chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are notoriously known to contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer.

R410A is now widely used by most manufacturers, so purchasing and replacing it is much easier. However, it’s still important to get help from the professionals when maintaining your HVAC system, such as when it requires boiler or heater repair.

R22 Banned

Since 2015, R410A has been the standard refrigerant for US residential air conditioning systems because it’s much safer for the environment and energy efficient as well. On the other hand, the R22 refrigerant has been banned and is expected to be completely phased out by the year 2030.

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