R-22 Refrigerant Phasing Out The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that R-22 refrigerant (also known as the brand FREON®), a common refrigerant for residential heat pumps and air conditioning systems, is harmful to the environment. The EPA is regulating the production and use of refrigerants and eventually all air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. What do you need to know? If you currently have a heating and cooling system that uses R-22 refrigerant, you do not necessarily have to panic or run out to purchase a new system. Production of R-22 refrigerant is winding down, and while the cost will go up, production will occur until 2020. At that time recycled refrigerants should be available for a while. As a result of the change, Strand Brothers Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Austin carries R410A, a more environmentally friendly solution for refrigerants which lowers the impact on the ozone layer. Up to 50% of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. At Strand Brothers, our experts are committed to offering products that are less taxing on the environment while realizing your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. Our experts are available to talk with you about your best solution, give Strand Brothers in Austin a call at 512-596-1257.