In an effort to preserve the ozone layer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized a number of household systems and appliances that are either encouraged, or required, to comply with standards for efficiency and energy usage. Even though most homeowner responsibility for compliance is limited, it is still important to understand the role the EPA plays in residential living.
In the Twin Cities, it’s important to understand these rules and regulations to not only keep your home efficient and environmentally friendly, but cost effective as well. Many vital home systems, such as air conditioners and water heaters, are affected by the EPA, and keeping in compliance with these regulations is best conducted with help from trusted home service providers, such as Minneapolis Saint Paul Heating & Air.
Below are some top EPA Regulations you should know about for your Twin Cities home:
Air Conditioning Refrigerant: The vast majority of air conditioning units built before 2010 use HCFC-22 coolant, also referred to as R-22. Deemed environmentally hazardous by the EPA, the agency is pushing for a complete phase out of the refrigerant by 2020, replacing it with friendlier R410A. While the replacement refrigerant is better for the environment, it will not work with older A/C units, and due to the steady price increase of R-22, it may be too costly to maintain an older air conditioner. Consulting a professional can help you save money and the environment at the same time.
Lead: While it may seem like a thing of the past, lead piping can still prove hazardous, which means Twin Cities’ residents need to know the proper steps to take. Since 2010, the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule governs how homeowners deal with lead-based substances such as paint and piping. Because of the regulation, professional contractors must be hired when performing any work on lead-based products.
There is no getting around EPA regulations for homeowners but the more you know, the more you can stay compliant. MSP Plumbing Heating & Air understands how these regulations can impact Twin Cities’ homeowners, as well as the best ways to stay compliant while saving money along the way. To find out more, contact MSP today at (651) 228-9200.