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 ultimately all the air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants that contain chlorine will be eliminated. What does this mean for you? If you currently have a heating and cooling system that uses R-22 refrigerant, you do not necessarily have to panic or run out to purchase a new system. Production of R-22 refrigerant is winding down, and while the costs will rise, production will continue until 2020. After that time recycled refrigerants should be available for a while. As a result of the change, Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hilton Head Island provides R410A, a more environmentally friendly option for refrigerants that lessens the damage to the ozone layer. Up to 50% of home energy costs may go toward heating and cooling the home. At Epperson Service Experts, our experts are 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 Epperson Service Experts in Hilton Head Island a call at 843-619-3781.