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Why use Hydrocarbons?

Hydrocarbons are naturally occurring, non-toxic refrigerants that have no ozone depleting properties and almost zero global warming potential. Hydrocarbons are the most efficient and environmentally safe refrigerants in the world. They are also all natural refrigerants.


Hydrocarbons are also a much more efficient refrigerant and can save you 30% in electricity consumption over existing chemical refrigerants.


Due to the ozone depleting and high global warming properties of all existing fluorocarbon refrigerants, they will become phased out in some shape or form in the near future. Some of these refrigerants have already been phased out and others are on their way. That leaves natural refrigerants like hydrocarbons to become one of the only safe and efficient refrigerants of the future.


HCFC Phase-out Schedule – http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/hcfc.html


Most air conditioners and refrigeration systems in use all over the world still rely on chemical refrigerants to provide cooling and heating. These chemical refrigerants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) which include R22, R134a and R410a.


Currently there are increasing amounts of concerning and well-documented reports and conferences being held all over the world. They are due to the growing concern of the damaging effects on the environment caused by the continuous use of CFC, HCFC and HFC refrigerants in our current air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  Most if not all of these environmentally harmful refrigerants are being phased out as a result of the damage they cause to the enviornment.  



*Note: For all examples on this site, FrostyCool 22a hydrocarbon refrigerant is used as the test example.

 It is also one of the most suitable and efficient hydrocarbon conversion replacement refrigerants available.


Hydrocarbons are the future in refrigerants and are supported by Greenpeace International and the United Nations Environmental Program. 


By converting air conditioners and refrigeration systems over to the naturally occurring hydrocarbon refrigerants there are numerous advantages, including:

  • Reduced electrical consumption, lowering your energy costs
  • Reduced running times, increasing equipment life
  • No Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) - Environmentally sound
  • Almost ZERO Global Warming Potential (GWP) - Environmentally friendly
  • Larger molecular size, helping to reduce leaks
  • Greater efficiency, lowering energy costs
  • Improved Lubricant Miscibility, enhancing lubricantion