The R22 Switchover - Is Your Air Conditioning Legal?

4 November 2013
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November 4th, 2013 by

Category: Air Conditioning
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New legislation means that R22 refrigerant gas is being phased out and using it in new units will soon be illegal. The new legislation is part of the British Government’s drive to cut carbon emissions.

The change has been implemented because many studies have shown that the R22 refrigerant has a detrimental effect on the ozone layer. One of the most significant problems believed to be caused by the R22 refrigerant is an increase in UV penetration levels. Every company will have to abide by the new regulations, with a deadline of January 2015 for businesses to stop using the R22 air conditioning system.

A lot of companies have either exchanged their R22 refrigerant already, or are in the process of doing so. Most R22 refrigerants will already have had a good deal of use by 2015 and some companies are choosing to phase them out early, rather than pointlessly paying to maintain or repair them – when they’ll soon need to be replaced anyway.

In the case of new factory build/extensions, environmentally friendly refrigerants will be used, including R404A and ammonia. These refrigerants are promising solutions regarding the tackling of carbon emissions, whilst they are also superior regarding energy efficiency when compared to the R22 refrigerant.

As the new regulations will have to be fully complied with, the complete replacing of R22 refrigerants will be a sizeable undertaking for some companies, which is why it’s advisable to choose a company that specialises in every aspect of refrigerant installation.

Here at CoolStream, a wide variety of refrigeration products can be supplied and installed by us, and we are able to provide products appropriate for any application. Specialists in designing, supplying and installing air conditioning, and also in air conditioning maintenance, we serve educational, commercial and healthcare sectors in the Bristol and Swindon area. Our adherence to offering a high quality service is aided by the fact that we only use air conditioning systems and heat pumps from the major manufacturers. More information is available on our website, whilst email enquiries can be sent to: sales@coolstreamac.co.uk.

November 4th, 2013 by