You might not have heard that in January of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency moved ahead with its next step in phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). They have banned the import and remaining production of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b.
These chemicals, also called R-22s, are known to deplete the ozone layer leaving the Earth less protected from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Why this might impact your household is if you have an old R-22 air conditioning unit. This ban means that old R-22 systems won’t have new parts for repairs — service technicians will use recycled or stockpiled quantities to do repairs.
This means you should start considering replacing your old R-22 unit. Although that might come as a bit of a blow for you initially, the good news is the move can save you money over the long term.
How This Move Can Save You Money
While you are still able to use your R-22 air conditioners, even with this ban, you should be aware that these units will likely cost more to service than they have in the past. That’s because there are limited supplies for them now, and no more will be produced.
So, by installing a new AC unit, you could be lowering the cost of repairs you’ll need down the road.
Other ways in which you might save money by making the leap to a new unit include:
- Saving on energy costs: A new unit would be more energy-efficient than your old unit is.
- Having a unit with a longer lifespan: Since energy-efficient units are designed to work in a more efficient fashion, they don’t have to run as much to do their job. That means an extended lifespan for these units when compared to older R-22s.
- A potential utility rebate: You might qualify for a utility rebate or incentive.
It’ll be nice to know you’re saving money long-term while also doing something that will benefit the environment. Who doesn’t want to make the world a safer place for their children and grandchildren?
We’re Here to Guide You Through This Process
The staff at Jennings Heating and Cooling will be happy to address any concerns you might have about this topic. Give us a call with any questions you have about your R-22 unit or new models you’re considering.
Give us a call to make an appointment for the installation of a new unit today or to service your current unit. We’re always here to help.