Why the worldwide phase-out of R-22 refrigerant is important to you.
A worldwide reduction in the use of the environmentally damaging refrigerant R-22 may be a cause for celebration...but also a reason for anyone who uses air conditioning to plan ahead.
While for the next few years it is still possible to replace older R-22 systems with air conditioners that use this refrigerant, worldwide supplies of R-22 are dwindling and prices are rapidly rising as supply shrinks. Most experts agree the best solution for consumers is to invest in a new, energy-efficient, environmentally sound system using Puron refrigerant—which was developed by Carrier in cooperation with other industry leaders.
An EnergyStar® Puron system, aside from being environmentally neutral, greatly reduces monthly operating costs so that a homeowners “net” cost of ownership ends up being less. According to the EPA, air conditioners and heat pumps with the EnergyStar label will save homeowners 10% to 40% on their energy bills each year.
Generally speaking, R-22 equipment over 10 years old should be immediately replaced, as the cost of ownership of an EnergyStar Puron system — even including the initial purchase price — will outperform existing operating costs. R-22 equipment that is 5-10 years old may or may not see a net cost savings after replacement, but a qualified Carrier dealer can help you make that calculation.
Your New England Carrier dealer is ready and willing to discuss your air conditioning needs and to explain more about the worldwide switch to Puron.