As a homeowner, the type of refrigerant used in your heating and air system is usually not the first thing on your mind; however, it is important for you to know the key differences between R-22 to 410-A. While spending money on an air conditioning system is not ideal, being informed on updated, on the more efficient, environmentally-friendly, and cost-friendly options can make the impact a little more cushioned.

 

 1. More Environmentally Friendly
The EPA mandated that after 2009, R-22 charged units could no longer be manufactured due to negative impacts on the environment leaving 410-A refrigerant the obvious choice.

 

 2. More Efficient
410-A systems are much more efficient than their R-22 counterparts. 410-A can absorb and release more heat than R-22. (Remember, conditioning a space is essentially transferring heat from one place to another, so if you can absorb and release more heat with 410-A that will increase efficiency.)

 

 3. Total Cost
As expected when anything is phased out, supply will begin to decrease and demand will rise, thus raising the price. This is the case with R-22 refrigerant. R-22 is approximately double the price of 410-A and will only get higher as time goes on. The cost to repair or replace an R-22 system in most instances is financially irresponsible. Also, most manufacturers have a 10 year warranty on new equipment, so you can rest easy.