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Keep your cool this summer, and the years ahead
As weíre going into the hot summer season, itís more important than ever to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape, but not for the reason you may think.
It may be expensive, but if you wait, it may cost even more, and youíll want some warning if it does.
The problem is the EPA has been phasing out R-22, Freon, since 1995, and plans to ban its use altogether by 2020 because it depletes the ozone.
As less R-22 is produced, the cost goes up, and a gas that used to cost about $40 for a 30-pound drum might now demand $800.
There is a replacement, R-22B, but you canít mix the two, so if you have a small leak, you must empty the entire unit and refill it with the new.
The best option is to have your air conditioner serviced a couple of times a year, both to optimize efficiency and to monitor the unitís operation.
If it begins to show signs of wear, you will want to begin budgeting for a replacement, which will probably be even more efficient than your present unit was when it was new.
Youíll get the most efficient cooling for your utility money, as well as being able to budget for a new air conditioner.
While youíre at it, check out the seals in your windows and doors, and see if more insulation would help keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.