The year 2020 is an important year for all Americans. For one, it is an election year and on the homeownership side of things – 2020 is the year that will completely ban the ozone-depleting-substance – Freon or R22. Freon or R22 is one of the most popular refrigerants used in HVAC systems and refrigerators across the United States. That is due to the many advantages of the substance.
In fact, R22 is energy-efficient and HVAC-friendly compared to most of the other refrigerants on the market today. But there is one main disadvantage of continuing to use this refrigerant – and that is the ozone-depleting quality of the substance. Freon was found to damage the ozone layer of the planet in the late 1980s. The Montreal Protocol of the late 1980s agreed to phase out R22 on a stage by stage basis because of its adverse effects on the environment. The EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) of the United States decided to phase out Freon on a stage by stage basis, and the final phasing out is to be completed in January 2020. In fact, Freon or R22 won’t be imported to produced in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2020. This article provides information on what you need to know about the phase-out of Freon or R22.
If you have an old HVAC system in your home, you may already know about the skyrocketing of R22 prices on the market. The limited production and importation of R22 have helped increase its price by leaps and bounds. In fact, suppliers who have already stocked the substance are charging exorbitant prices for a pound of R22 right now. The market price of a pound of R22 has already reached $115 today whereas the price of a pound of an alternative refrigerant is around $15-20. Many homeowners find it difficult to maintain their old HVAC systems due to this reason. Hence, many of these homeowners are either replacing their old HVAC systems with new energy-efficient and eco-friendly units or refilling their old systems with alternative refrigerants that are compatible with the units. On the other hand, if your HVAC system is still working fine, you may continue with the unit until there is a leakage of the refrigerant. If your system experiences an R22 leakage, you won’t be able to refill the unit with Freon after the 1st of January 2020. In fact, Freon won’t be available on the market even for servicing the existing units after this date. You can implement an effective preventive maintenance schedule to prolong the lifespan of your old unit as much as possible. That way you may not have to worry about replacing the old unit with a new unit that runs on an alternative refrigerant. These are some of the things that you need to consider in case you still have an old HVAC system that operates on R22.
There are many alternative refrigerants on the market today. But most of these substances are not energy efficient like R22. These alternative substances are eco-friendly since they don’t deplete the ozone layer of the planet. But the energy efficiency is the main issue with most of these alternative refrigerants. That is why you should be cautious when choosing the right alternative refrigerant to replace R22 or Freon. It may not be an easy task. You will have to consult a professional HVAC contractor in the area in order to effect this transition. Make sure you work with a highly experienced and knowledgeable HVAC contractor in the area for this purpose.
In case you are considering shifting to an alternative refrigerant, there are many options that you can choose from. But Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 is arguably the best alternative refrigerant on the market today. That is due to the many advantages of this substance. The refrigerant will increase the energy efficiency, operational efficiency, and the eco-friendliness of your HVAC unit. It will minimize the electricity consumption of your unit and reduce your carbon footprint. That is why you should consider shifting to TdX 20 from the current R22 before the latter is completely phased out in 2020.
TdX 20 is capable of reducing the electricity consumption of your HVAC system by at least 5-25% depending on the type of unit in your home. The substance has been able to achieve these results by transporting more heat at lower pressures. This will help maximize the use of the coil and compressor and minimize system losses at the same time. Bluon has tried hundreds of formulas before they came up with this winning formula. The company took more than three years of extensive research to develop this winning formula. The company found something unusual when they stacked more than five refrigerants on top of each other. In fact, when they allowed these refrigerants to vaporize in sequence – a domino effect occurred. The coil and compressor became more productive when this happened. That is how the energy-efficient and eco-friendly TdX 20 was born. You should be taking advantage of this alternative refrigerant in order to save money in the long run.
TdX 20 cleared all the regulatory hurdles in 2016. It also received the official ASHRAE designation of R-458A at the same time – which is the final step needed before the product could be commercially marketed. Today, TdX 20 is one of the most popular and effective alternative refrigerants on the market. You should invest in this refrigerant right now to save your hard earned money in the long run. It is the best hope for you with the imminent phasing out of Freon or R22.
If your HVAC system uses Freon or R22, you should be aware of the phasing out of R22. The phase-out is to be completed in January 2020. R22 won’t be available even for servicing the existing systems after this date. You need to shift to an alternative refrigerant before this date. The aforementioned article provides information on what you should know about the phasing out of R22.