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As one of the leading HVAC service providers in Kansas City, Polestar Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is committed to keeping our community informed about significant changes in the industry. One very critical change on the horizon is the shift in refrigerants for HVAC systems set to take place in 2025. This update is not just a minor tweak – it has substantial implications for homeowners, particularly those considering replacing their heating or cooling systems in the near future.

Understanding the 2025 Refrigerant Change

Starting in 2025, the HVAC industry will phase out R-410A, the commonly used refrigerant, in favor of more environmentally friendly alternatives. This change is part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize environmental impact. While this is a positive move for the planet, it presents specific challenges and considerations for homeowners.

According to Lennox, the global community came together in 2015 to sign the Paris Agreement with the intention to mitigate greenhouse gases. Based on R-410A’s Global Warming Potential rating of 2088, which meant it significantly contributed to greenhouse gas emissions, the decision was made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work toward phasing out R-410A in favor of better alternatives. In response to the new regulations, low-GWP refrigerants have been developed that have similar or better efficiencies and capacities than R-410A. These include R-32 and R-454B, both significant GWP improvements over R-410A.

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Why This Matters to You:

  • Cost Implications: The new 2025 equipment is expected to increase equipment prices up to 30%. The new 2025 air conditioners and heat pumps, require your furnace or air handler to be replaced as well due to safety features that are needed with the refrigerant.
  • Phaseout: Jut like the phaseout of the old R-22 freon, the phaseout for R-410A will be a slow process. Parts and equipment will still be produced for many more years for R-410A equipment and allows homeowners flexibility on replacement options.
  • Energy Efficiency: Upgrade your HVAC system now to a product that is more energy-efficient and start saving money on your utility bills.
  • Environmental Responsibility: Transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants reduces the environmental impact of your HVAC system. Some homeowners equipment still carry the old R-22 freon – the production of R-22 was stopped in 2020.

Why Choose Polestar for Your HVAC Upgrade

At Polestar Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand that replacing your HVAC system is a significant investment. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the process, ensuring you make an informed decision that best suits your needs and budget.

  • Expert Consultation: Our knowledgeable technicians will assess your current system and provide recommendations tailored to your home and lifestyle.
  • Quality Products: We offer a range of high-efficiency HVAC systems from leading manufacturers, ensuring you get the best performance and value.
  • Professional Installation: Our certified installers ensure that your new system is set up for optimal performance and longevity.
  • Customer Satisfaction: With a commitment to excellent service, we strive to exceed your expectations at every step.

The upcoming refrigerant change in 2025 marks a significant shift in the HVAC industry. For Kansas City homeowners, this presents a unique opportunity to upgrade their systems, save money, and enjoy improved energy efficiency. Don’t wait until the last minute – call Polestar Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 913-423-8827 or contact us today to learn more about your options and schedule a consultation. Together, we can ensure your home remains comfortable and energy-efficient for years to come.

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