Is R32 Refrigerant Better?

There are a number of different types of refrigerant used in air conditioners.

These include R11, R12, R22, R23 and R410A.

However, as the global focus turns towards the environment and governments introduce stricter regulations, it is R32 refrigerant that is receiving the most attention.

The Problem With Some Refrigerants

Refrigerants convey heat. In air conditioners, refrigerant is circulated between the indoor unit and the outdoor unit which allows cool air or warm air to be released into your home.

One of the most common refrigerants, particularly in developing countries, is R-410A. This refrigerant is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), a type of refrigerant identified in the Kyoto protocol as contributing to global warming.

Hence, there is a move across the globe to transition to R32 because it is less harmful to the environment, more energy efficient, safe and cost-effective.

Key Facts About R32 Refrigerant


Amount R-32 can reduce electricity consumption by compared to R-22 refrigerant


Global warming potential (GWP) of R-32 is one-third lower than R-22, R-410A and R-32


R-32 air conditioning units are more energy efficient using up to 20% less refrigerant than R-410A

R32 in Australia

Fortunately, R32 refrigerant is becoming more widely used in Australia and air conditioning manufacturers are also making the switch.

“HFCs are being phased down in Australia (from 2018) and globally under the Montreal Protocol (from 2019), as they generally have a high global warming potential”

Leading global air conditioning manufacturers such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and Panasonic are all producing new generation R32 air conditioners.

Altitude Air Solutions is the leading Blue Mountains air conditioning specialist.

We install and repair all makes and models of air conditioning systems- residential and commercial. 

Blue Mountains Air Conditioning

Altitude Air Solutions is a family-owned and run business, servicing the Blue Mountains for over 15 years.

We specialise in all types of air conditioning delivery including split systemsreverse cycle and ducted, and commercial refrigeration.

Call us today on 02 4753 1012.