HVAC/R 101: Where Does My Refrigerant Go?

June 13, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, refrigerants

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We enjoy exploring the complexities of HVAC, refrigerant management, legislation, and climate action, but on occasion more basic questions cross our desk. So here is a bit of HVAC/R 101.

Did you know that when a technician takes refrigerant from your site to be disposed of, it’s your responsibility both in terms of compliance and stewardship to know where it’s going? Last month we discussed refrigerant recycling vs destruction of ozone depleting CFCs with the conclusion that between the two, destruction is the better option from both an economic and environmentally-sound standpoint.

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8 Signs You've Outgrown Excel

June 5, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance

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It's Time for a New Compliance Management Solution

It’s time to evaluate your compliance management system: do you have one? If you don’t, are you still using Microsoft Excel? Many do-it-yourselfers have built complex elaborate and amazing spreadsheets; we get to see them all the time. Their can-do spirit tells them: “I can just do all of this in Excel.” But the reality of the ever-changing regulations and the complex patchwork of requirements suggests otherwise.

We can’t tell you how many times someone has told us this, and we get it: Excel is the tried and true system – but it’s not intended for the complicated job that refrigerant management has become. As new regulations come down the pipeline and we’re more concerned than ever with sustainability and environmental protections, you need a solution that does more to help you stay in compliance…

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Colors, Carbon & Class (Part 1 of 3)

May 31, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Industry Insights, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, performance, refrigerants, HFCs, reference guide

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A Refrigerant Reference Guide

Refrigerants Then

Refrigerants come in all shapes and sizes. Thirty years ago, there were 2 types of refrigerants: low pressure and high pressure. For high pressure there were 3 flavors: R-12 (medium temp refrigeration), R-502 (low temp refrigeration) and R-22 (everything else).

These refrigerants seemed easy, they were cheap, and every supply house had all 3 flavors.  In the back of every service truck there were 3 bottles of refrigerant (green, purple & white) along with a vacuum pump, acetylene torch, tools and something to help move heavy compressors around.  Most service events were referred to as “Gas & Go” and involved very little or no leak checking. But then it became apparent that this less than scientific method to fixing things needed to change - because there was a hole in the ozone.

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HVAC/Roundup May 2019

May 23, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Compliance, HVAC News Roundups, climate change, refrigerants, Regulation, SNAP, invoicing, best practices, carbon offsets, recycling, HFCs, EIA

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Believe it or not, we're getting close to the end of the month. We had a lot to talk about the last few weeks. Let's sum things up...

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The Door is Wide Open & Your Profits are Stepping Out

May 17, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, compliance, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, best practices, HFCs, EIA

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Together we lose $27 billion dollars (US) - if you own or manage a building, your share is $6,750/year

We regularly share information about how to better manage refrigerants, we talk about their impact, results from our work, and stories we hear from others. This week we’re reviewing a report by the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency). Yes they are a European environmental group, and their goal of spreading climate change awareness may seem out of touch with the day to day responsibilities of the average building owner/manager in the US. But if you replace the word climate change with lost profit, this story has some revealing results.

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