Refrigerants… What do I need to know?

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Because of the many chemicals that cause major pollution, mandates have been created to protect our ozone layer from further damage. “In 1992 the Montreal Protocol was amended to establish a schedule for the phase-out of HCFCs. HCFCs are less damaging to the ozone layer than other chemicals, but still contain ozone-destroying chlorine.” (

HCFC-22 is also more commonly known as R-22. R-22 has been the most popular choice for refrigerants for commercial heat pumps and air conditioning systems for many decades. Unfortunately, the releases of R-22 and similar products have contributed considerably to global warming. Due to the phase out of these ozone-depleting refrigerants, companies like The BP Group are now offering environmentally friendly solutions to provide the same results with safer effects. By January 1, 2020, 99.5% of HCFCs consumption will be reduced. By this time, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce chemicals such as R-22.

Units created after 2010 cannot use the chemical R-22. The EPA has reviewed and approved some effective alternatives for R-22, such as such as 410-A and 407-C, for both household and commercial units. In years to come we expect there will be many viable resources that will work more efficiently than the R-22.

Be sure when you begin transitioning away from R-22 that you remember the following:

  • Select a dependable vendor
  • Technicians working on your unit are EPA-Certified to handle refrigerants
  • If you’re making the transition into a new unit, purchase a high energy efficient system

If you have any questions about R-22 and transitioning please call The BP Group. It is our mission to deliver, perform, and save our customers money!