R-22 Refrigerant Phasing Out The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that R-22 refrigerant (also known as the brand FREON®), a common refrigerant for residential heat pumps and air conditioning systems, is not environmentally-friendly. The EPA is regulating the production and use of refrigerants and ultimately all air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. How does this affect you? If your home has a heating and air conditioning system that uses R-22 refrigerant, it does not mean you have to panic or run out to purchase a new system. Production of R-22 refrigerant is winding down, and while the cost will go up, production will go on until 2020. After that time recycled refrigerants should be accessible for a while. Because of this change, Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Cincinnati carries R410A, a more environmentally friendly choice for refrigerants that lessens the damage to the ozone layer. Up to 50% of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. We’re committed to offering products that are less taxing on the environment while achieving your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. Our experts are available to talk with you about your best solution, give Knochelmann Service Experts in Cincinnati a call at 513-273-5771.