Eco-safe R-410A refrigerant is the new standard for American air conditioners and heat pumps. As you might expect, it’s also the main refrigerant we use here at MrCool. The government, of course, required companies like us to adopt refrigerants like R-410A, but do you know why?
The answer might surprise you. Or it might not. I really have no idea how informed you are about international chemical emissions agreements.
Eco-Safe R-410A, Freon and That Ominous Hole in the Ozone Layer
Have you heard of the Montreal Protocol? It’s the reason why eco-safe R-410A and other ozone-friendly refrigerants are in common use today. You can trace a straight line between our use of R-410A and the agreements made in Montreal way, way back in 1987. It was there that an international meeting of world leaders agreed our civilization must scale back our use of ozone-depleting refrigerants like Freon and other chlorofluorocarbons.
Which is a hard word to work into casual conversation. You should try it though. People love stuff like that.
Anyway, the world back in the 1980’s was understandably worried about the giant hole growing in the ozone layer above Antarctica. Mainly because the ozone layer is the part of the atmosphere that stops solar radiation from mutating us all into walking blobs of cancer. Which is bad. The wide spread use of CFCs had helped grow that hole. It took a lot of hemming and hawing between world leaders before everyone agreed a slow, painful death from solar radiation was bad, so maybe let’s stop using all those CFCs.
And that was a problem in and of itself. The world used a lot of CFCs in everything from hair spray to, surprise, air conditioners. Now, obviously, no one wanted to give up sticky hair or air comfort. Civilization needed a chemical that could do all the things CFCs did, but, y’know, without all the potential for inevitable death.
Enter eco-safe R-410A! R-410A is a chlorine-free refrigerant with minimal ozone-depleting ability. In other words, you can use it without worrying about eventually destroying the entire human race in a solar radiation-driven apocalypse.
So, that’s nice.