In excess of 20,000 air conditioning units in the UK urgently need replacing due to dramatic changes in industry legislation. Is yours one of them?
From 01/01/2001 - HCFC’s are banned in all other refrigeration and air conditioning equipment produced after 31/12/2000, with the exception of fixed a/c equipment, with a cooling capacity of less than 100kW where use shall be prohibited from 01/01/2004 and of reversible air conditioning / heat pump systems where the use of HCFC’s shall be prohibited from 01/01/2004 in all equipment produced after 31/12/2003.
From 01/01/2010 - The use of virgin HCFC’s shall be prohibited in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment existing at that date.
From 01/01/2015 - The use of recycled HCFC's will be prohibited in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment existing at that date.
The changes in the R22 refrigeration legislation has come about because studies have shown they have a detrimental effect on the ozone layer resulting in excessive UV levels. Due to this, the R22 refrigerants may contribute to further environmental damage. The extent to which R22 refrigerants contribute to global warming is still the subject of intensive debate, although many affected companies have taken the opportunity to comply with the new regulations earlier than planned. This is being demonstrated at two levels:
Firstly, the majority of R22 refrigeration units are at least one third of their way through their foreseeable life. As existing R22 refrigeration systems begin to require modernisation, the majority of companies are choosing to phase these out rather than go to expense of needlessly repairing or maintaining them.
Secondly, unlike the R22 refrigerants, each new factory build/extension will now use refrigerants such as ammonia and R410a which have zero ozone depleting potential. These refrigerants are also proven to be more energy efficient than the R22 refrigerant and are therefore a wiser and more popular choice for the companies in question.
The need for improved energy efficiency led to the current EC regulation effective from 1st October 2000.
PRA Air conditioning provide an extensive product portfolio offering modern, efficient and cost-effective alternatives to air conditioning units which are no longer acceptable or desirable in their use of R22 Refrigerant or low levels of energy efficiency.
Replacing outmoded and harmful air conditioning equipment with modern compliant versions has many benefits:
-Low environmental impact
-Cheap running costs
-Tax deductibility and 0% loans
Call us on 0800 9801340 to find out more about replacement units. Early adopters save money from the start!