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 in the future all air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. How does this affect you? If you own a heating and air conditioning system that currently uses R-22 refrigerant, you don’t need 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 go on until 2020. At that time recycled refrigerants should be accessible for a while. In order to comply with this change, Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Champaign carries 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. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with products that are less taxing on the environment while meeting your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. Our experts are available to talk with you about your best solution, give Chief / Bauer Service Experts in Champaign a call at 217-689-2469.