What is an HVAC Refrigerant?

A refrigerant within your HVAC system is what makes air conditioning throughout the entire home a possibility. This refrigerant is contained within the coils of the cooling unit. The liquid agents cool and even dehumidify the indoor air for your entire family. The most commonly used refrigerant for a cooling unit has been R-22 for years now, but R-410A, which is chlorine-free and great for the ozone, has become increasingly more popular over the years.

R-22 Refrigerant

R-22 is often known as Freon in the world of air conditioning. You have probably heard it referred to as such. For decades now, R-22 has been the most commonly used type of refrigerant available in the home. As of 2010, however, it has been discontinued in newer air conditioning systems. This is because the refrigerant contained hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which would contribute to the depletion of our planet’s ozone. This just could not stand, so a new type of refrigerant was developed for cooling systems.

R-410A Refrigerant

For all new cooling units, R-410A, otherwise known as Puron, has been widely used. The substance was approved for newer model residential air conditioning systems, as it was found to be safe for human beings to be around and the hydro-fluorocarbon (HFX) does not contribute to the depletion of the ozone. As of 2015, Puron has become the standard for all residential cooling systems within the United States.

A huge benefit of using Puron is that these systems to run more efficiently and reliably within the home – meaning they last far longer.

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If you’re interested in learning more about R-410A refrigerant or are looking for a brand new air conditioning system installed in your home, give Robert B. Payne, Inc. call today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 540-373-5876. We’d be happy to assist you today.