R22 was, until about 2002, a commonly used refrigerant in air conditioning equipment. However it contains hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which, if released, can harm the ozone layer. New legislation introduced under The Kyoto Protocol now places restrictions on its use.
R22 phase out deadline has arrived
From 1 January 2010 it became illegal to use virgin HCFCs like R22 refrigerant to maintain or service air conditioning equipment. As a temporary measure re-cycled or recovered R22 can be used until 31 December 2014, but costs may become high as it gets scarcer.
From 1 January 2015 sales and use of all recycled or recovered R22 to maintain or service air conditioning equipment is prohibited.
How can Air Ability help?
To see if you are affected and help you manage compliance with the new legislation Air Ability will carry out an audit of your system. If action is required we will make considered and expert recommendations and then project manage the transition. One option is to replace equipment with modern energy efficient units. This can make compelling financial, as well as environmental, sense. To help with the decision we will calculate likely energy savings, financial incentives, payback period and your CO2 savings. A possible alternative is to refit or retrofit existing plant to use an alternative refrigerant. In this case we will provide expert advice regarding subsequent system efficiency and reliability.
www.berr.gov.uk/files/file29101.pdf (DETR / DTI pdf guide)
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