Articles Tagged with ''refrigerants''

The HC Foothold Challenge

The world of so-called natural refrigerants, particularly hydrocarbons (HCs), has gotten a lot more interesting recently. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) approval to three HCs.


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Arkema’s Forane Website Offers Expanded R-22 Coverage

Arkema’s North American Forane® refrigerants website has expanded its information about R-22 retrofitting in response to users’ needs to better understand the many options open to them.


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Evaluating Low GWP

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is moving forward with an ambitious project to identify low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. What does that mean?


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Three Common Ammonia Refrigerant Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Refrigeration contractors know that there are several upsides to ammonia refrigerants. The most common is its compatibility with the environment. Ammonia does not contribute to global warming because it does not deplete the ozone layer. It has thermodynamic qualities that require less electricity in its usage.


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HFCs Stay the Course After Global Meeting

The long-term availability of HFCs survived another effort at phase-down during the 23rd Meeting of the Parties (MOP23) to the Montreal Protocol held in November 2011. Participants did not reach agreement on taking any action to control HFCs.


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Dec. 19, 2011: EPA Approves Three Hydrocarbon Refrigerants for Use in Refrigerators and Freezers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added three hydrocarbons as acceptable alternative refrigerants in small commercial and household refrigerators and freezers through EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.


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HCs: Coming to U.S., But to What Extent?

Whether or not HCs become major refrigerant players in the U.S. depends on who you talk to. Advocates point to extremely lower global warming potential, low cost, and a proven track record in Europe and Asia. Others see the flammability issue, A3 safety rating, and current building and fire codes limiting use to smaller applications.


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Ammonia Refrigerant and Its Usage

The use of ammonia as a refrigerant has been around for approximately 160 years, dating back to its first use in France in the 1850s. It first appeared in the United States in the 1860s when it was used for artificial ice production. Its latest uses are a testament to the growing popularity of ammonia refrigerants.


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ICARHMA Discusses Global Industry Activities

The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA), at its meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, discussed industry trends and other topics and approved the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as an associate member.


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Canada Hosts 2011 ICARHMA Meeting

The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA) met Oct. 3-5 in Canada to discuss industry trends and approve the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as an associate member.


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Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

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