Ban on R22 Refrigerants Begins on 1st January 2015
October 20, 2014
From the 1st January 2015 the use of R22 refrigerants in Air Conditioning Systems will be banned under EU legislation. The EU Ozone Regulation (EU/1005/2009) extends the obligation to to reduce harmful hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s) agreed under the Montreal Protocol.
Many businesses have already taken the appropriate measures to replace damaging R22 refrigerants but for those who have yet to act, time is running out.
Turn Key Air Conditioning Partners, Mitsubishi Electric give clear advice on the choices for companies still using R22 HCFC’s.
- Option One: Do nothing and risk the exposure of site shutdown and/or fines.
- Option Two: Plan a considered and costed strategy to replace outlawed refrigerants.
It is not all bad news, however. The simple fact is that since the introduction of air conditioning systems using R22 refrigerants back in the early 1990’s there have been great leaps forward in air conditioning technology. Replacement coolants such as R410A are considerably more efficient than existing HCFC’s bringing an immediate cost saving in energy bills. Even without the change in legislation, many existing R22 air conditioning systems are approaching the end of their natural life and would need replacing as a matter of course.
UK Air Conditioning specialists TKAC work closely with their customers to create the most cost effective and energy efficient solution. The three main choices are:
- Use a drop-in refrigerant to replace the existing R22. In the short term this can appear to be the cheaper alternative.
- Replace the entire air conditioning system including pipework, control and power wiring.
- Replace only the indoor and outdoor units.
TKAC are skilled and experienced in the use of drop-in refrigerants as well as full and partial system replacements.
The advantage of lease hire finance for air conditioning means it is possible for companies to take a long term view of their energy costs as well as their heating and air conditioning needs.
The latest air heat inversion technology provides heating and air conditioning that uses the same system. Heat exchange systems have a Coefficient of Performance (CoP) that creates around four times more heat energy than they use. This brings enormous savings in energy bills and complete climate control in the working environment whatever the weather.
For more information on R22 replacement, visit www.tkac.com. And for information on affordable long term financial planning for heating and air conditioning, visit www.leaseairconditioning.co.uk.