Like all technologies, Air Conditioning Systems – and the rules, ratings and regulations about them – are always changing. Air conditioning system professionals, like the experts at Custom Climate Concepts, know about these industry changes. You should too!
- Phasing Out of HCFC Refrigerants: You may have already heard that in 1992 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are harmful to the environment because they deplete the planet’s precious ozone layer. The chemical, known as Freon, or R22, was used for decades as an HVAC refrigerant. The EPA enacted a regulation: that the use of Freon should be phased out and that all production must be stopped by January of 2020. The good news is that for the past decade most new AC systems have switched to safer alternatives such as R410a. Older systems that still need R22 are grandfathered in – they aren’t illegal – but over time the chemical will become increasingly difficult to obtain.
- More Refrigerant Management Regulations: In 2016, the EPA put additional guidelines in place that further regulate and reduce errant emissions caused by refrigerants. These changes have to do with the requirements around the venting, release, and disposal of the newer refrigerant chemicals by HVAC professionals. While the direct impact on homeowners is not clear, these new regulations will surely benefit the environment.
- Implementation of Furnace Fan Efficiency Ratings: In September of 2014 the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new standard for furnace fan efficiency. Effective this year, it marks the first national energy efficiency ratings for furnace fans, known as fan energy ratings (FER). For existing furnaces, with fans that don’t meet the DOE’s standards, there is nothing you have to do. But any replacements must follow the DOE’s efficiency standards.
Keeping pace with advances in AC systems technology, and its associated rules and regulations, is something Custom Climate Concepts takes very seriously. If you have any questions, or want to have a certified professional come out to inspect your AC system, call us today at 941-955-COOL (2665).