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 in the future all of the air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. How does this affect you? If you own a heating and air conditioning system that currently uses R-22 refrigerant, it does not mean you have to panic or run out to purchase a new system. Production of R-22 refrigerant is winding down, and while the costs will increase, production will continue until 2020. At that point recycled refrigerants should be obtainable for a while. In order to comply with this change, Strand Brothers Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Austin carries R410A, a more environmentally friendly option for refrigerants which will reduce the damage to the ozone layer. Almost half of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. Our team of experts is committed to offering you products that are less taxing on the environment while achieving your desire for a comfortable heating and cooling system. If you have any questions or concerns, give Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin a call at 512-592-3072 .