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The Future of Chiller Refrigerants

Spencer Fuller, Sales Engineer, Johnson Controls, shares insights on chiller refrigerant safety, including a high-level overview of what is happening in the world of refrigerants since the Montreal Protocol. The article, originally found in HPAC Magazine, explores how the cost of safety is well worth the investment and why taking the time to ensure refrigerant safety is always worth the effort. Fuller explains:

“It is important to be right, not quick, to ensure this transition is made safely. The use of A2L refrigerants affects equipment standards, building and fire codes, construction practices, manufacturing processes, material handling and life safety procedures – all of which must be updated to ensure refrigerants can be used safely. Safety remains the primary objective and cannot be compromised.”

The article also shares information on “safe and smart” decision making, as well as a look into the end-goal of the Montreal Protocol’s timetables.

Equipment standards, building and fire codes, construction practices, manufacturing processes, material handling and life safety procedures are all a part of chiller refrigerant safety. 

Impacts Since the Montreal Protocol

  • Significant impacts on equipment standards, building and fire codes
  • Increased awareness of safety for the environment and workers handling refrigerants
  • Expansion of available refrigerants