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 harmful to the environment. The EPA is regulating the production and use of refrigerants and ultimately all of the air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. What does this mean for you? 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 rise, production will continue until 2020. At that point recycled refrigerants should be obtainable for a while. In order to comply with this change, Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gaithersburg offers R410A, a more environmentally friendly choice for refrigerants which lowers the impact on the ozone layer. Up to 50% of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. We’re committed to offering you products that are less taxing on the environment while meeting your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. If you have any questions about the best solution for you, give Parker Pearce Service Experts in Gaithersburg a call at 301-476-4577.