What is a Refrigerant, and What Does It Do

Refrigerant Power Wildwood, MOWhen you consider how your air conditioning system cools your home, you may overlook the power of refrigerant. Here’s invaluable information on refrigerant, why it’s important, what you need to know about your old system and if you need a new system.

Refrigerant Is Essential For Cooling

Your air conditioner needs a refrigerant to cool your indoor air. The refrigerant circulates throughout the coils inside the system and when the air passes over the coils, the air is cooled and dehumidified. The cooled air is then emitted through the floor or ceiling vents inside your home.

Types Of Refrigerant

If you have an older system, it most likely uses R-22 refrigerant, which you probably know as “Freon.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is phasing out this type of refrigerant due to newer regulations. R-22 emits ozone-depleting substances and by 2020, it will no longer be in use. The refrigerant that will be taking the place of R-22 is R-410A, which is safer on the environment.

What This Means For You

If you have an older system that uses R-22, you should start looking into newer air conditioning systems that use R-410A. Since R-22 is being manufactured less, you could face problems over the coming years finding the right refrigerant for your system. In the meantime, you may be able to convert the old system to use newer refrigerant, which allows systems using R-22 to accept R-410A.

Even if a converter is possible for your system, you may find buying a new system is much more economical and a better investment for your future cooling needs. If you are purchasing a new system, you are ahead of the curve. New systems manufactured after 2010 are ready to accept R-410A and you are set for the future.

Are you concerned about the refrigerant your current system uses or you want an upgrade? Schedule an appointment now by giving McQuerry’s 24hr Heating and Air a call at (636) 458-4100 for all your AC needs.