How does Air Conditioning as a Service sound? With the HFC phase down looming, transitioning away from HFC based air conditioning systems are not optional but essential. The old systems have to go and new ones need to be installed in their place. But is there a way of transitioning AND avoid the high CapEx cost involved?
Alternative air-con systems designed using natural refrigerants such as low charge ammonia, like those supplied by Scantec Refrigeration are not only better for the environment they are also better for your bottom line.
The global warming potential (GWP) of HFC and HFO refrigerants is high which is the reason they are being phased out in Australia and internationally. The Australian government introduced a HFC Phase Down in January of 2018 to help us meet our international commitments to the Kigali Amendment (The Montreal Protocol – 1987). Refrigerants R404A, R407 blends, and R410A are common refrigerant blends used in air conditioning systems.
Not only do these systems need to be replaced within the next ten years they are far from being energy efficient. This means money can be saved by switching over today. An energy efficient natural refrigerant-based system, results in much lower energy bills and will have a much longer lifecycle and lower lifecycle costs.
In Australia we continue to import air-conditioning systems that contain HFCs. They are designed using harmful refrigerants that are not sustainable, they are not designed to last, and they use way too much energy resulting in huge energy bills.
Replacing your air conditioning systems can be an expensive task but large capital costs can be avoided if opting for ‘CHAAS’ our heating and cooling as a service. Under the service you can have air-conditioning as a service as well as heating as a service too. To express your interest in pay as you go heating or cooling click here to contact us today or call 1300 344 388.
Importing HCFC without a licence is an offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act), which is in place to protect the environment by reducing emissions of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases.
Just this year, an air conditioning company in Victoria, was fined $12,600 by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for importing bulk hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) without a controlled substances licence.
The most common refrigerant today, R-22, has a 100-year GWP of 1,810, almost 2,000 times the potency of carbon dioxide, so just one pound of R-22 is nearly as potent as a ton of carbon dioxide. The same company was also fined for using disposable cylinders for storing R-22. This was in contravention of the company’s Refrigerant Trading Authorisation conditions – an offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995. To read the media release in full click here.