What the Phase Out of R-22 Means to You

Under the phase out rules for R-22 production and import, all allocations across the refrigerant industry will go from about 312 million pounds to about 110 million pounds, a 64.8% reduction across all shapes and sizes of organizations. This is the first time that R-22 has been reduced in anyway and in such a pervasive manner.

In 2003, R-22 was allocated to 100% of the allowable cap and the step down was covered by the phase out of foam blowing agents. We are about to enter a whole new manner of restriction where the R-22 gas itself will be capped. This will have a far greater impact on day-to-day operations across the entire economy.

According to the 2008 study, the EPA is limiting the amount to HCFC R-22 to 20% LESS than industry demand. This means that R-22 will likely increase in cost substantially and available stocks will be bought up by the bigger organizations. It also means that reclaimed, recycled, and used R-22 could become more valuable than virgin in that it could be used “universally” in pre and post 2010 equipment.

February 2012
R 22 increased in cost around 200% due to regulatory restrictions. This cause companies to go and purchase up as much as they could afford and has cause nationwide shortages.

What can we do to help you?
We have an alternative refrigerant that we can give you a direct R-22 replacement. If your equipment is leaking or you simply want to go ahead and eliminate the R-22 problem from your equipment.

We can take care of that for you with a product that DuPont has developed called MO99. (R-438a).

  • Keep your A/C running by retrofitting and utilizing the less expensive MO99 refrigerant
  • Similar mass flow and pressure enthalapy characteristics as R-22
  • DuPont ISCEON refrigerants used successfully in thousands of refrigeration and A/C systems worldwide
  • Extending the useful life of equipment that my no longer be under warranty
  • Eliminates the expense of new equipment

Call us today and we can help eliminate expensive cost in the future. 256-319-9402

Should I Repair or Replace

Repair or Replace? This is always a difficult a decision. On one hand you don't want to spend money on a new system, but on the other hand, you don't want to throw good money after bad. Which way should you go? It really boils down to the condition and age of the air conditioning system.

If you have been keeping your equipment properly maintained by a licensed air conditioning technician, then perhaps the current repair is isolated to a single, simple problem and not indicative of a major or potentially recurring issue. In this case it might make sense to repair and fix the problem. However, with any equipment it is important to consider its efficiency and the impact that wear and tear has on that efficiency and on your monthly electric bill.

Importance of Efficiency

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. A unit somewhere around 10 years old would probably have been an 8 SEER unit at time of purchase. Over time this unit will wear down and operate somewhere around the 5-6 SEER level. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the efficiency of the unit. In 2015 the minimum SEER rating for an Air Conditioning unit was raised to 14 SEER. Upgrading to a newer Air Conditioning unit is surprisingly affordable based on the efficiency level of modern equipment. The money saved on your electric bill from upgrading will pay for the unit itself. So transitioning from an 8 SEER unit to a new 18 SEER unit will allow better performance at your current budget.

Give us a call we can help you decide if you need a new unit or not. 256-319-9402

Lowering the Energy Use of Your Furnace, Heat Pump or A/C Sytem

Lowering the Energy Use of Your Furnace or Heat Pump

  • If your existing heating system is more than 15 years old, replace it with a new, more energy efficient model. Annual savings on a gas furnace can be as much as 35%!
  • If you have older, single pane windows, you can greatly benefit by sealing them with 3M brand (or similar) window film.
  • Invest in a yearly maintenance program. Proper maintenance is essential for peak efficiency.
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • Keep the temperature fairly constant, as frequent changes will use more energy. Setting back the temperature at night, however, is recommended.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters once a month or as needed.
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  • Your Furnace or Heat Pump should be professionally cleaned and tuned twice a year.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and Returns as needed. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Keep draperies and shades on south-facing windows open during the heating season to allow sunlight to enter your home; close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  •  For example, if you heat your house with a heat pump, do not close the vents-closing the vents could harm the heat pump.
  • Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. Turn these fans off as soon as they are no longer needed. In about one hour, these fans can pull out a house-full of warmed or cooled air.
  • Check your ducts for air leaks. First look for sections that should be joined but have separated, and then look for obvious holes. Consult with a professional about repairing duct leaks. Safe duct repairs require a licensed heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning contractor.


 

Reducing Your Central Air Conditioner's Energy Use

  • If your existing cooling system is more than 15 years old, replace it with a new, more energy efficient model. Annual savings on a central air conditioner can be as much as 20%!
  • Just like the furnace, proper maintenance is essential for peak efficiency. Invest in a yearly maintenance program.
  • Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Each degree setting below 78°F will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%.
  • Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating.
  • Inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor coils. The indoor coil in your air conditioner acts as a magnet for dust because it is constantly wetted during the cooling season. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked periodically for dirt build-up and cleaned if necessary.
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  • Your air conditioning system should be professionally cleaned and tuned twice a year.
  • Check the refrigerant charge. The circulating fluid in your air conditioner is a special refrigerant gas that is put in when the system is installed. If the system is overcharged or undercharged with refrigerant, it will not work properly. You may need a service contractor to check the fluid and adjust it appropriately.
  • Reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective conservation measures. For example, effectively shade east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dish washing, until the evening on hot days.
  • Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don't let in unwanted heat and humidity. If practical, ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
  • Try not to use a humidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The humidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.