Types of Refrigerants Used in Commercial Air Conditioning Systems

Refrigerant is a chemical compound that helps air conditioners do their job by absorbing heat from the air inside a home or business and leaving cool air behind. Knowing the different types of refrigerants used in commercial air conditioning systems can help business owners comply with refrigerant regulations and make eco-friendly choices when purchasing new HVAC equipment.

Read about some of the most common types of refrigerants used for commercial air conditioning, including details on what they’re made of and their environmental impact, in today’s blog from Omnia360 Facility Solutions.

R-12

This type of refrigerant is methane-based and is made with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). These are nontoxic, nonflammable chemicals that contain carbon, chlorine, and fluorine. R-12 is known to contribute to global warming and, therefore, was banned in 1994. However, if you have older HVAC equipment, it may still use R-12 refrigerant.

R-22

This type of refrigerant is also known as Freon. It’s made with CFCs, but it contains less chlorine, so it’s less harmful to the environment. Although it’s not as dangerous as R-12, it’s not considered “eco-friendly” by any means and will be phased out by 2030 due to international environmental concerns.

R-290

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly commercial air conditioning refrigerant, R-290 is a good option. It’s propane-based and flammable (which affects its ability to be shipped), but it adheres to the EPA’s SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) program.

R-410A

This type of chlorine-free refrigerant is made with industrial chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It’s also known as Puron. It was developed as an alternative to Freon. In comparison, Puron is more eco-friendly and also more efficient than Freon.

R-513a

This type of refrigerant is another eco-friendly option for commercial air conditioning. It’s a hydro-fluoro olefin (HFO)-based refrigerant, organic compounds made of fluorine, hydrogen, and carbon. Also known as Option XP10, R-513a is a highly efficient refrigerant option for air conditioning and is unknown to harm the earth’s ozone layer.

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How to Save Money on Your Commercial Facility’s Cooling Bills This Summer

The costs of cooling a commercial facility can be extremely high but keeping employees and patrons comfortable is typically a high priority among business owners. If high energy costs are a concern for you, there are several ways you can save money on your building’s cooling expenses this summer. Even if your commercial building isn’t built with the most energy-efficient building materials, these tips from Omnia360 Facility Solutions can help prevent unnecessary energy spending.

Program the thermostat

If you haven’t done it already, program your facility’s thermostat to coincide with working hours and peak seasons. If you keep the thermostat at 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months, consider turning it up to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature difference won’t be noticeable, but you’ll still save a significant amount on cooling expenses.

Clean vents

Dust and dirt buildup can make it difficult for your HVAC system to breathe. For your system to work correctly, it should be regularly cleaned and clear of dust and debris. To accomplish this, you can establish a monthly HVAC cleaning task list or add it to your existing cleanliness procedures.

Prioritize proper sealing and insulation

If you have a properly insulated and sealed commercial facility, you can reduce your energy output by up to 10 percent, which is a significant amount of money saved over time. If your building is already insulated, an HVAC contractor can recommend improvements to your existing insulation to provide cost benefits.

Invest in an energy-efficient HVAC system

This may not be a financially viable solution for all businesses, but investing in an energy-efficient HVAC system can reduce your cooling costs dramatically if you have the budget and your energy consumption is very high. This is especially true if your commercial facility is outfitted with older HVAC equipment. 

Schedule annual maintenance

Scheduling bi-annual maintenance inspections and tune-ups will ensure that the HVAC equipment in your commercial facility is working as efficiently as possible. It can also prevent costly repairs and replacement costs by catching issues early on.

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The Most Common Problems With Commercial HVAC Systems

Maintaining a commercial HVAC system is an essential task for a business owner. Not only does it keep employees and patrons comfortable while they’re on-site, but it also ensures that energy bills don’t get out of control and health risks are eliminated due to well-maintained HVAC equipment.

Unfortunately, many things can go wrong with the equipment, primarily if it’s not maintained correctly. Here are some of the most common problems with commercial HVAC equipment and how to fix them brought to you by Omnia360.

Issues With the Drain Line

The drain line is an essential part of HVAC equipment because it diverts moisture away from the primary unit. However, sometimes it can get clogged with debris, algae, or even develop mold growth over time. This can result in leaks, water damage, and an unhealthy work environment for employees.

Improperly Sized Equipment

Often, HVAC equipment is either too large or too small for the space. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to cool or heat the building thoroughly, resulting in an uncomfortable environment for employees and patrons alike. If the HVAC equipment is too large, it won’t run efficiently, and business owners will pay the price with increased energy costs. Fortunately, inefficient heating and cooling can be resolved by investing in properly sized equipment, which an HVAC contractor can recommend.

Leaky Ductwork

Leaky ductwork is extremely common in both residential and commercial buildings. If your ventilation system has leaks or cracks, it will allow conditioned air to escape, which means the commercial HVAC equipment will have to work longer and harder to heat or cool the space. It’s also likely the main reason why a commercial building is too hot or too cold and why the energy bill is so high. Properly sealing ductwork will ensure that the space is efficiently heated or cooled, so it’s more comfortable. It will also extend the lifespan of the equipment.

Strange Noises

Weird noises like clinking or banging might occur when the HVAC equipment is first turned on. However, this isn’t normal and shouldn’t be happening. More than likely, these sounds indicate a more significant issue, such as ventilation joints that aren’t fitting together correctly or loose bolts throughout the system. An HVAC contractor can investigate these strange noises, provide adequate solutions to avoid any significant issues, and ensure the system is working safely and correctly.

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If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your commercial HVAC equipment, Omnia360 Facility Solutions can help. We offer customized, cost-effective, and efficient packages so you can work with one single provider instead of several. Contact us today for more details! We’re happy to create a service package that is right for you and your business.