Changes Ahead for Modern-Day Air Conditioners

Freon. It’s a bit of a necessity when it comes to air conditioners. As a refrigerant or coolant, its what produces cool air. So, with the Federal Government set to outlaw the R-22 Freon variety in 2020 due to its harmful environmental agents, how will air conditioners remain relevant? Will you need to purchase a new air conditioner? We’ve answered these questions and more below.

How do I know if my AC requires the use of R-22? A nameplate on the unit will call out the type of refrigerant it contains, plus other information, including safety certifications and electrical ratings. If a nameplate is not provided, the owner’s manual may tell you or if you know the manufacturer and model number, you can call the manufacturer or check online for more information.

Should I consider replacing my system AC unit now if it calls for R-22? At Sensible Heating & Cooling, we recommend homeowners replace any dated systems now to take advantage of rebates and tax credits currently available through Xcel Energy. As a Preferred Vendor of Xcel’s, we can help you navigate the money-savings opportunities and make your next cooling systems more affordable. Newer units are more energy-efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and call for a refrigerant that’s less harmful to the environment; plus, repairs are less expensive. R-22 will soon become unavailable when manufacturing ceases in 2020 and supply runs out. Until then, the cost of R-22 is projected to skyrocket.

What is the refrigerant/coolant used in newer air conditioning units? When you purchase one of the newest air conditioners available on the market, it will most likely contain R-410A, a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant, or a legal alternative. Some manufacturers have produced “dry charge” ACs designed for use with R-22 refrigerant but empty until time of installation, when an HVAC professional fills the unit with the safer R-410A, or another legal alternative.

What do I do if I want to replace my AC unit? At Sensible Heating & Cooling, we first suggest scheduling an AC tune-up to determine the remaining lifespan of your unit. Now through Tuesday, May 15, we’ll complete the tune-up for $99. If the tune-up concludes you do indeed need a new system, we’ll ensure the necessary paperwork is completed and submitted, so you receive the maximum rebates available from Xcel Energy. For complete details on rebates for new air conditioner purchases, and information about other Xcel Energy rebate programs, review Xcel Energy’s Programs & Rebates.

Are there alternative HVAC cooling systems? Yes, heat pumps and geothermal systems are considered the safest alternatives for homeowners to choose. To learn more about these systems, visit Sensible’s website for more information.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a free estimate for a new system, reach out to Sensible Heating & Cooling today. You can email owners Dan Schmied and Phil Jensen at /, or call 720-876-7166 to schedule a time. The summer warmup is quickly approaching.

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