|All NEW air conditioners and heat pumps are now supposed to be using the "environmentally sound" refrigerant known as Puron®. However a loophole was discovered by an hvac manufacturer several years ago that allowed manufacturers to continue making units that operated on freon R-22. The loophole was that manufacturers could make R-22 units but only if they shipped the units "dry", meaning no refrigerant could be inside the unit. This would require the installing contractor to install the refrigerant during the installation process. Unfortunately, this loophole may make the inevitable worse in the next few years as it will increase demand for R22 at a time when it's availability will be reduced by 90%.|
|Today, most residential homes still have air conditioning or heat pump products that use Freon® 22, which is ok for now. But when it is time to replace them, Puron equipment is the only smart way to go.|
|"Another factor to consider these days is the use of environmentally friendly refrigerants...Carrier is the first manufacturer in the industry to offer Puron®--an environmentally sound refrigerant...that offers high efficiency and long-term cost savings to homeowners." --Consumers Digest, May/June 1998|
Freon® 22, an HCFC also known as R-22, is a harmful refrigerant according to the Clean Air Act of 1990. It is currently being phased out of use and homeowners now are recommended to turn to Puron® refrigerant to maintain their indoor comfort.
Puron®, also known as R-410A, is approved by the EPA to replace Freon® 22 and is the world's first, long-term solution to ozone depletion.
Freon® 22 is the most commonly used refrigerant in residential homes today. However, per the Montreal Protocol, caps have been established to eliminate the production of Freon® 22.
We've seen this before. In the late 1980's, environmental concerns led to a total phase out of R-12 (a CFC) in automotive air conditioners. If you owned a vehicle during that time, you may have experienced first-hand the rapidly rising costs of R-12, or the expense of upgrading to new technology. In fact, during the years 1990 to 1997, our costs for R-12 increased 650%.
Well, since the average age of an air conditioning system in Texas is around 12 years, this means that:
During the lifetime of an air conditioning system purchased today, R-22 will be completely obsolete because the manufacture of R-22 will be banned.
R-22 will be around through 2020, but the question is: At what cost?
There's been one manufacturer who has led the industry in designing and testing cooling equipment that uses Puron®. That manufacturer is Carrier. For nearly 18 years, Carrier has had Puron®-based products installed all over the United States. Puron®-based products have also been proven to be the most reliable in the marketplace and have gained recognition nationwide for dependable operation.
With more than 20,000 active AHRI-rated product combinations that use Puron® refrigerant, you can trust Carrier to have the equipment you want and need to meet tomorrow's standards.
For more information about R410A (Puron), visit http://www.puron.com
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