The GWP (Global Warming Potential) of the R-410A became a topic of discussion soon after its implementation into HVAC systems.
The general concern was expressed by government agencies, environmental groups, and manufacturers. While there is nothing like ‘environmentally friendly’ refrigerant, it was important to phase out the R-410A. There is currently a phasing out stage set up in a similar fashion to the R-22. The amount of refrigerant released to the atmosphere does have an impact on climate change. This is why emphasis is still on finding a better solution. I’ve always tried to be mindful of my carbon footprint. When I was in middle school, we got to learn about climate change and its effect on the planet. Our teacher encouraged us to strive to live in an eco-friendly manner. Now, while it’s not possible to be 100% environmentally friendly, you can live the best way to a large extent. For instance, I recently changed my house up to use a HVAC system with a high SEER rating. That means this HVAC system is good for the environment since it uses less energy. Energy efficient HVAC systems also benefit homeowners since you end up paying less for energy. A friend of mine also moved his house from the national grid to solar power. Now, there’s a lot that has to be said about solar energy, but it’s a great way to power your home. He’s even making more energy and selling it back to the national grid. I’ve learned that small changes can have a big impact if many people take the necessary steps.