I remember hearing a lot about CFCs (or chlorofluorocarbons) and their role in ozone depletion from different Refrigerant manufacturing unit in Middle East when I was growing up. There have been discussions of phasing out all refrigerants that are harmful to the environment. However, as time went, the idea of verifying whether a refrigerator or air conditioner bought had an ecologically friendly refrigerant or not faded away, since the assumption was that CFCs had been phased out and that we now exclusively receive environmentally friendly refrigerants. There are always some environmental friendly refrigerants you can consider.
R-404A, like R-407C and R-134A, is a widely approved substitute to R-22 with an Ozone Depletion Potential of 0. This refrigerant is often used in refrigeration systems that need a temperature range of -45° C to 15° C, or -49° F to 59° F, respectively. Because of its broad temperature range, it is very valuable in the commercial and industrial transportation sectors.
The refrigerant’s chemical composition is quite similar to R-22, and it may occasionally outperform it. R-404A is deemed safe for many applications since it does not react quickly with air or water. It’s non-flammable, colorless, and odorless as well.
Users should, as with any refrigerant, always take the necessary safety procedures to protect themselves. Direct contact with R-404A may still cause frostbite, and exposing it to fire or extreme heat for an extended period of time can produce a ruptured tank, which can generate a rocket effect that you don’t want to be near. R-404A is a popular refrigerant that may be found at shops that specialize in heating and cooling equipment.
Westron is a known name in Refrigeration Industry UAE and they can examine your facility independently and recommend an appropriate refrigerant. As industrial refrigeration engineers, their concepts, products, and installations are compatible with the most popular refrigerants.