How the HVAC Refrigerant Change Impacts You

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Were you planning to replace or upgrade your Doylestown home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the next year or two? You may want to act now.

Starting in January 2023, there will be a phase-out of the manufacture and importation of the current refrigerant, R-410A. Additionally, there will be changes to the minimum efficiency of air conditioners and air-source heat pumps. These changes will result in price increases at the start of the new year.

Save money by purchasing and installing the new HVAC system you need for your Pennsylvania home sooner rather than later, or you will pay the price—literally.

At All Seasons Comfort Control, we care about keeping you safe and comfortable without pushing you over your budget. We believe in improving your home at a fair price. Let’s get started today.

What Do I Need to Know About the Refrigerant Change?

The current refrigerant, R-410A, has been the standard for residential cooling systems since 2010.  However, it is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) with a high global warming potential (GWP) that can negatively impact the ozone layer.

Because of these environmental factors, production for R-410A is slowly being phased out over the next decade. Supplies are expected to decrease by 85 percent by 2036.

In January 2023, the refrigerant for all newly manufactured cooling systems will be R-454B. Though it is mildly flammable, R-454B has a lower global warming potential and is considered more environmentally friendly than refrigerants used in the past.

What Is SEER?

SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, measures the efficiency of cooling systems. Most cooling systems have a SEER rating between 13 and 21. The most efficient systems have higher SEER ratings, while the least efficient have lower SEER ratings.

By the start of next year, SEER ratings for air conditioning units and heat pumps will go from 13 to 14 in northern states and 14 to 15 in the southern and southwest parts of the country.

What Is SEER2?

SEER2 will be the new standard in 2023. It will not affect your current system but could result in price increases on new equipment since new testing standards and requirements will be in place.

Save Money by Upgrading Your System Now

With price increases expected next year from the refrigerant change and transition to SEER2, there’s never been a better time to purchase a new system than right now.

A properly maintained air conditioning unit has a service life of about 15 years, but replacing a system that is even just 10 years old could help you save 20 percent on your cooling costs, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Don’t wait until 2023 to replace outdated equipment or upgrade to the high-efficiency unit you’ve had your eye on for a while—purchase your new system at today’s affordable pricing.

Our All Seasons Comfort Control professionals cannot emphasize this enough! If you’re looking to keep more money in your pocket, this is the way to do so. Do yourself the favor and upgrade now.

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Our All Season Comfort Control professionals are for you. We have the solutions you need to experience an ideal level of comfort in your Doylestown, PA, home, all at an affordable price. Call us at 215-860-0111 or request service online.

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