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There’s an environmentally friendly air conditioner out there, and it gets hot before it cools you down.

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When do you need your air conditioner most? Many would say when it’s hot and the sun is shining. So why not a solar-powered AC? This relatively new creation has popped up in places such as Australia and the U.A.E., but the first prototype arose out of China. Now, people in the U.S. can get them, and environmentalists and frugal individuals alike are on board.

These types of units have a lot of perks. The first is the lower cost. Electricity prices continue to stay relatively high, so a solar-powered unit as opposed to an electrically run unit saves on cash. Solar-powered air conditioners also use less energy to keep you cool, leaving less of a carbon footprint behind.

The big question, though, is whether or not these units are reliable. Solar powered units, which use “thermal chillers” to run and have fewer moving parts, are expected to last much longer than the average unit. Not only that, but even on the cloudiest of days, these units can be backed up using natural gas. There’s no need for any other external backup system to make sure your air keeps up on those hot summer days.

To see what types of HVAC units would work best for you, call the Pleune Service team at 800.447.6907. Our service techs are available 24/7 to answer any of your heating and cooling questions.

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That last visit from the air conditioning technician was outrageously expensive, but why? Your small business might unknowingly be in a fight with the EPA – and your old A/C system is to blame.

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That last visit from the air conditioning technician was outrageously expensive, but why? Your small business might unknowingly be in a fight with the EPA – and your old A/C system is to blame.


Older systems (ones manufactured before 2010) often use a coolant called R-22, sometimes better known as Freon. The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, ordered that R-22 be phased out because of its massive environmental impact. Its continued use depletes the ozone significantly, and this has led to the creation of a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant known as R-410A. But as R-22 is phased out, the price of it skyrockets- up to 300% higher in some areas. So how can business owners handle this relatively new predicament without breaking the bank?


Below, we have 3 ways that businesses can adapt to the fall of R-22:

Fix those leaks you’ve been ignoring

Just pumping more Freon in your system when it leaks will be incredibly costly. If you’re not ready to get rid of your company’s old A/C system quite yet, fixing those leaks will help you use less R-22 until you can replace your system (which, for cost and environmental reasons, you will have to do eventually).

Stop running your air as much

Obviously not the most ideal option, this will use less R-22 and save you money short-term. It’s not a permanent fix though, especially during those hot and humid summer nights. Which is why tip #3 is the one we recommend most…

Switch to a newer (and better) A/C system

If you can afford it, this is by far the best option on all accounts. Not only is the new R-410A coolant (which can only be used in new systems) more environmentally friendly- it’s cheaper, too, for that very reason. You’ll also save on efficiency- in fact, some people report that their energy savings is more than their monthly financing payments for a new unit!


At least 75% of R-22 has been phased out since 2014, and the EPA’s plan is to have new and imported supplies banned by 2020. An investment in a new system might seem pricey upfront, but the savings- for your wallet and the environment- are more than worth it.


To save your business money and go green with a new A/C system, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.