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CONSUMERS CAN ENJOY AIR CONDITIONING AND HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

CONSUMERS CAN ENJOY AIR CONDITIONING AND HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
 ARLINGTON, Va., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer coming and more information in the news about ozone depletion in the stratosphere caused by CFCs, consumers may be concerned about their air-conditioning equipment and how its use affects the environment.
 The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute tells consumers that virtually all of the refrigerant used in residential central air-conditioning systems is not a CFC, but a related chemical called HCFC-22. HCFC-22 has some ozone-depletion potential, but only one-twentieth that of CFCs. This is because HCFC-22 breaks down fairly rapidly when released into the lower atmosphere and most of it never reaches the ozone layer at high altitudes.
 HCFC-22 may eventually be phased out of production for use in new equipment; however, this is not expected to occur soon and after its phaseout there will still be some of this refrigerant available for servicing existing equipment. Consumers can thus enjoy their air conditioning and help protect the environment at the same time by following a few simple guidelines:
 -- A central air conditioner is a closed system and will not release refrigerant into the atmosphere as long as it is maintained properly. Have your system checked by a service person once a year before the cooling season. Make sure the technician checks for refrigerant leaks.
 -- After July 1, 1992, intentional venting of refrigerant is against the law. All refrigerant from units must be recovered. Only patronize service companies that practice refrigerant recovery and recycling, and have the proper equipment to do so.
 For more information, including energy-saving tips on central air conditioning, send away for ARI's free pamphlet, "How to Keep Your Cool and Save Cold Cash." Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope to ARI, Dept. U-180, P.O. Box 37700, Washington, D.C., 20013.
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 /CONTACT: Maura Shannon, communications manager, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, 703-524-8800/ CO: Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute ST: Virginia IN: SU:


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