Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems require certain chemicals and components to get the right temperature. With air conditioning systems, Freon is an essential part of the cooling process. Freon is a cooling agent, also called a refrigerant, to create cool air coming out of the air conditioning unit. Freon works differently at different temperatures. When it is at room temperature, it is used as a gas. However, when it is cooled and compressed, it works as an excellent coolant component.
How Safe is Freon?
The liquid of Freon is odorless, colorless, and non-flammable, so it is not dangerous to have in the home or business. Very rarely, a Freon will have slight odor, but it is hardly noticeable. When it does have a scent, it is usually comparable to ether. There are different types of Freon chemicals used depending on their use. Air conditioning Freon has the chemical component chlorodiofluoromethane.
According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Freon in HVAC units should be checked once a year. This ensures there is not a leak of Freon, and if there is, a repair can be made. By doing so, the air conditioning unit runs more smoothly and is not working as hard, therefore reducing the energy bill.