Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.

What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.

Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker.  When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.

If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.

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Summertime is almost here and that means the kids are out of school and you’ll probably be doing a lot of fun things together. This can also be an expensive few months because of vacations, day trips, and other outings that cost money. Looking to save money in as many ways as possible? The warm weather will be here to stay for a while, and that means your air conditioner will be put to the test. Here are some helpful air conditioner tips that can help save you money this summer.

#1: Energy.
If you service your air conditioner before summer officially starts, it will be ready to tackle the hottest summer days with ease. We will make sure that your cooling system is working well by checking to make sure the parts are functioning as they should and that there are no repairs or other updates needed. We’ll also clean and/or replace the filters if necessary, which can not only reduce energy use, but also prolong the life of the system.

#2: Vents.
Did you know that blocking vents in your home not only causes inefficient cooling, but it can also cause your system to work harder and increase your energy bill? Move around your furniture and make sure that all vents in your home are free and clear and are able to do their job.

#3: Temperature.
Keep your thermostat at one temperature. Adjusting it up or down all the time will cause your system to work harder but it will also mess with your utility bill. Keeping your thermostat adjusted at one temperature at all times means your home will be kept cool and comfortable all the time and your energy bill won’t come as a huge shock.

#4: Fans.
Your air conditioner is probably your best friend in the summer months, but small fans can also help keep you cool. One way to reduce energy use is to use fans at night to keep cool air circulating.

Not sure if your cooling system is efficient? Let us help you find a system that cools well while keeping your energy bill as low as possible. Call us at 503-357-5663 to set up a convenient appointment.

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