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ANGIE'S LIST SUPER SERVICE AWARD

Envirotech was honored to recieve the Angie's List 2015 Super Service Award. This exclusive recognition is given annually to approximaetly 5% of service companies who achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout the year. 

 

SMALLER UNITS INSTALLED IN SPACES

Furnace installations may not be on the top of a contractor’s list in the midst of the cooling season, but providing comfort before it is needed may be an excellent business strategy for those who can find the time. Waiting until the weather turns cold could leave a customer searching for ways to get warm and stay warm.

Read more about the benefits this customer is enjoying since Envirotech installed her new York® heating and cooling system.

WHY IS THE PRICE OF R22 REFRIGERANT SO HIGH?

Since early 2012 the price of R22 refrigerant, which is used in many air conditioning systems, has risen as much as 400%-and we don't know how high it might go. These are direct costs that we have to pay and we have no choice but to pass those cost along to our customers, which is why refrigerant may be higher than it use to be.

Here's Why: The U.S. EPA controls the production and import of R22 refrigerant. They set limits on how much can be produced and imported each year, but they failed to set limits for 2012. Until the EPA sets these limits, manufactures must produce 45% less R22 refrigerant than they did last year. This of course sets uncertainty in the marketplace and the manufactures have increased their prices. The latest price increase was in early March, when we saw a 50% increase in the cost of our refrigerant overnight.

What's Next? The earliest the EPA will announce it's decision is late summer 2012. Nobody knows what the final 2012 limits will be. Until th eEPA makes it's decision, the market will remain uncertain and prices may continue to rise. As a professional contractor, our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible value. Unfortuanaetly, we have no control over the cost of a commodity like R22 refrigerant. We apologize for any inconvience and hope Washington resolves this issue soon.

410A - THE REFRIGERANT OF THE FUTURE

Almost 100% of residential and commercial air conditioning equipment (excluding large air conditioning systems called chillers) have traditionally operated on HCFC-22 (R-22).  The current refrigerant alternatives for residential and commercial air conditioning equipment are HFC blends.  Some of these blends can be applied to existing equipment with modifications to the systems.  Others can only be used with new equipment designed for the specific refrigerant blend.

The most common replacement refrigerant on the market at this time is R410A.  It is missing the ozone depleting chemical found in R-22 and is, therefore, safer for the environment.

The phase-out looks like this:  All air conditioners manufactured after January 1, 2010 will no longer have R-22 in them.  All HFC, including R-22 refrigerants, will no longer be manufactured after January 1, 2030.

Do not be alarmed, however, if you have a current unit with R-22 in it.  We went through this same phase-out a few years ago with equipment with R-12 refrigerant (the stuff your car used to take) and today there is a direct drop-in replacement for R-12.  However, if your equipment needs to be replaced today, then it might be a good idea to consider the new type of refrigerant.  Ask us about your options.