On September 21, 2007, parties to the Montreal Protocol overwhelmingly agreed to accelerate the phaseout of HCFCS to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change with adjustments beginning in 2010 to production and consumption allowances for developed and developing countries. R22 will still be around to purchase until 2020, but the price will increase or decrease depending on the demand.
Today’s best air conditioners use much less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save significantly on your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Products with EPA’s Energy Star® label can save homeowners 10% to 40% on their heating and cooling bills every year. Replacing your old R22 system with a R-410A systems may be the best option to reduce your current electric bill.