Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions, Product Marketing Manager With over 15 years of commercial and residential HVAC experience, Vickie has worked with engineers, contractors and consumers. She has a passion for energy-efficient, environmentally friendly solutions and working with customers to understand their right mix of cost and comfort in an HVAC solution.
With the HVAC industry undergoing changes and becoming more innovative, once-commonplace HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) refrigerants such as R-410A are beginning to phase out. Low-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants, are in the process of replacing HFC refrigerants. Most of these new refrigerants are classified by ASHRAE as A2L, which means that they are classified as mildly flammable but show promise for energy efficiency and positive environmental impact.
Due to the warm climate, homes in the Southwest need efficient cooling and dehumidifying systems as well as an option for light winter heating. While the majority of homes continue to use central cooling and heating systems, heat pumps are also widely used in the Southwest as an ideal solution for the mild winters.
While many homes still use the standard single-stage air conditioner, two-stage and variable speed systems are proving to offer better energy output, efficiency, and dehumidification. Learning more about their differences and benefits can help you guide customers toward making the best choice for their home.
Your system controls your indoor climate and is also a large financial investment, so it is important to do your research and find the best system for where you live. In the Midwest, there are several HVAC systems that present themselves as viable options for keeping your home comfortable all year long, regardless of season.
More and more people in the South are switching over to an HVAC system called a heat pump, which can provide efficient heating and cooling throughout the entire home—keeping you comfortable year-round. They are a reliable solution in areas that are not prone to freezing temperatures and provide several benefits worth exploring.