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What is R32 refrigerant?

We like to keep all our customers abreast of any relevant developments within the air conditioning industry and how they may affect your business at some point in the future.

A topic we have been asked about on more than one occasion is “What is R32 refrigerant?” and “R32 – What do I need to know?”.

R32 is a refrigerant used in air conditioning, developed primarily to reduce the impact of hydrocarbons on the environment.

Following the 1987 Montreal and 1997 Kyoto Protocols, global regulations have led to a shift towards refrigerant gases with a low environmental impact.

Designed to meet future legislation

With a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) than the most commonly used HFCs and a zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP), R32 has been designed to meet future legislation to reduce the environmental impact of air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration equipment.

By 2025, any refrigerant gas with a GWP greater than 750 will be phased put. R32 has a GWP of 675. To put this into context, the most commonly used refrigerant R410A has a GWP of 2088, three times the GWP of R32.

Whilst the phase out of current refrigerants that don’t meet GWP requirements will be gradual, manufacturers have been quick to embrace the performance characteristics of R32 sooner rather than later. This is why they have added R32 operating systems to their product range – with many at the same prices as those using the R410A refrigerants.

In fact, R32’s high energy performance has enabled manufacturers to reduce the physical size of many new modern air conditioning equipment using R32, with no impact on output or efficiency compared to R410A operating systems.

This video, produced by leading manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, sets out their view on the development and future use of R32.

Even more choice

All of which means that Spheretech can provide even more choice when it comes to new, efficient, environmentally friendly air conditioning equipment to our customers.

We will of course keep you notified of future legislative developments but, if you would like further technical information on R32 refrigerant, do please email [email protected] or call 01327 810 510.

Should you require a comparison of how R32 operating systems compare with any of your existing air conditioning equipment, we would be delighted to assist.

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