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 in the future all air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. What do you need to know? If you currently have a heating and cooling system that uses R-22 refrigerant, you do not necessarily have to panic or run out to purchase a new system. Production of R-22 refrigerant is winding down, and while the costs will increase, production will continue until 2020. At that point recycled refrigerants should be accessible for a while. Because of this change, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany offers R410A, a more environmentally friendly solution for refrigerants that lessens the damage to the ozone layer. Up to half of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. Our team of experts is committed to offering products that are less taxing on the environment while realizing your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. Our experts are available to talk with you about your best solution, give Roland J. Down Service Experts in Albany a call at 518-417-2938.