Freon and Puron are two types of refrigerants that air conditioners can use to keep homes comfortable during summer. While these two chemicals do similar jobs, they have plenty of differences.
Before you decide whether you should use Freon or Puron, take some time to read these three concerns.
Puron is Better for the Environment
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Freon works just fine as long as it stays inside the air conditioner or refrigerator that uses it. Once it escapes, though, it can cause serious environmental damage. Freon falls into a category of organic chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). If these chemicals rise high enough in the atmosphere, they can contribute to ozone loss. Scientists have already measured rapid ozone depletion in places like Antarctica. This realization has caused most countries to ban Freon.
So far, there isn’t any evidence showing that Puron has these negative effects. There is always more to learn, but it makes sense to start using it as soon as possible to avoid the damage scientists know Freon can cause.
Freon Can Harm Human Health
Since Freon depletes the ozone layer, it has serious consequences for human health. The ozone layer is responsible for blocking ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. As it gets thinner, more UV rays can reach the planet’s surface. This is bad news for humans because increased exposure to UV rays is directly responsible for most skin cancers. If people don’t work to repair and protect the ozone layer, they are putting their own health on the line.
Freon’s Price Will Keep Rising
Although manufacturers can no longer make HVAC equipment that uses Freon, the product is still available for people who have systems that use it. Since you can still buy it, you might think that it makes sense to continue using your older system until it dies. After all, new HVAC systems are expensive. It’s not that simple, though. While Freon is still available, no one in the United States is producing it. Freon, in other words, is a depleting resource. As it becomes harder to find, you can expect prices to keep going up.
Currently, you might pay about $200 to get your air conditioner recharged. That’s not exactly cheap. As Freon gets more expensive, you will have to decide whether you want to keep paying higher prices or get a new system for your home. Unfortunately, you can’t use Puron in air conditioners that were designed for Freon. Your only options are to spend money on an updated system or spend money on expensive Freon. Keep in mind that Freon will be next to impossible to purchase by 2020.
A company like Melton Heating & Air Conditioning can help you learn more about installation options for newer air conditioning systems that use Puron instead of Freon. By talking to a professional, you can choose a service that suits your home’s size and your family’s budget.
Whether you decide to go with Freon or Puron, eventually you will have to get a system that uses Puron. Many people decide that it makes sense to upgrade sooner rather than later, especially since doing so helps protect the environment.