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Changes in Legislation affecting air conditioning

Changes in Legislation affecting air conditioning

From January 2015 new legislation came into force making it illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) including the refrigerant gas R22 in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning systems. The laws have come into force due to the damage these gases have caused to the ozone layer protecting our planet.

This will have a big impact on any air conditioning system installed before 2004 as R22 was the most common type of gas used.

The changes will have the most impact on older systems as it has been illegal to use this type of gas in new units since 2004, but owners of older equipment have been able to legally top up their systems with the gas until now. There are two options available for owners of these systems, either replace with new air conditioning equipment or try to bring older less efficient systems up to the standard required to make them legal.

One point in favour of upgrading to a newer system is the rising cost of energy. It is a fact that old equipment can consume up to 50% more energy than newer models, making it more expensive to run and maintain plus it will be creating more harmful carbon emissions. If you would like an assessment on your Air Conditioning in Bournemouth call PWB on 01202 682500.