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

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

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

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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.