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Flair 2020 Newsletter

As we enter our 53rd year in business, we would like to thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to serve their Air Conditioning and Heating needs. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and look forward to providing you with exceptional service in 2020.

July 2019 Hottest Month on Record

July 2019 was the hottest month worldwide in more than a century. Different areas of the world experienced severe heat, including Africa, Europe, and parts of America. NOAA calculated that the average land and sea surface temperature worldwide was 62.13 Fahrenheit with July’s average temperature being 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average. In fact, NOAA figures show that nine of the 10 warmest July’s in the modern records have occurred since 2005. Scientists believe the extreme heat is the result of Climate Change. NOAA also noted that the average Land temperature was 2.21 Degrees above the 20th Century average of 57.8 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Local Weather Data for Daytona Beach 2018 vs. 2019

Cooling Degree Days is an indicator of how much we need to use our A/C. In comparing Cooling Degree Days between 2018 and 2019, we found that, year to date, through November; we had 8 months warmer and 3 months cooler versus 2018. The C.D.D. comparison shows that overall we had 4,764 in 2018 and 4,892 in 2019, or 3% more in 2019. Although our summer felt very hot, we actually only had a small increase versus the normal for our area.

The End of R-22 (HCFC Refrigerant)

Per the Montreal Protocol, R-22 will be phased out and new R-22 can no longer be manufactured in 2020. Old R-22 that has been recovered and reclaimed to ARI 700 standards can still be sold but the cost to purchase it is very expensive. There are also R-22 replacements which we have been using for a few years. These appear to work okay but the downside is they usually cause a slight decrease in cooling capacity and their pressures run higher.

The Future of Refrigerants

Global warming is a concern worldwide. The current refrigerant used in A/C systems, R-410A, is going to be phased out as well because it has high global warming potential. ACCA, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, are seeking a national phase out schedule instead of a state by state schedule. Currently, California has already adopted a phase out schedule and New York, Washington, Maryland, Illinois, and a number of other states are following suit, but all have a different schedule.

For this reason, ACCA is meeting with members of Congress, urging them to give the EPA the clear authority to address the phase out schedules. Refrigerant R-410A is an HFC refrigerant. Any replacement will likely include a mix of flammable to mildly flammable refrigerant. This has given many concerns to the ACCA, including how to handle these refrigerants safely and how to train the HVAC Technicians on their use. These new refrigerants are currently being used in self-contained refrigeration units that hold 5 ounces or less of Freon.

Recent Developments

Honeywell just announced they have developed a new non-flammable refrigerant to replace R-410A and it will be commercially available in 2020. The name of the new refrigerant is Solstice N41, officially A1 designated R-466A. Solstice N41 has a GWP that is 65% less than R-410A, and currently the only R-410A replacement that is not flammable. It is currently being tested by over 15 OEM’s and leading compressor manufactures in residential and commercial appliances.

Qatar-One of the Hottest Places on Earth

It is extremely hot in Qatar, where temperatures in the shade can easily reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit. In July 2010, the temperature once hit a record of 122.72 degrees Fahrenheit. Qatar is a peninsula country, sharing its shores with the Persian Gulf and anchored to Saudi Arabia, it is smaller than the state of Connecticut. Qatar is scheduled to hold the World Cup in 2022, however, due to the extreme heat; a system had to be designed to somehow keep the spectators in the bleachers as well as the players on the field cool in their open air stadium.

Ghani, an engineer at Qatar University designed a system to help cool the stadium and keep the spectators and players comfortable. Cool air blows out beneath each of the seats and since cool air is heavier than hot air, the cool air flows down the stadium, to the field. Additional cooling vents, the size of soccer balls, add cool air at ground level.

Some A/C Facts

  • Carrier installed the first air conditioning system in July 1902, at a printer company in Brooklyn New York to control the humidity.
  • In 1925, the Rivoli Movie Theater in New York was the first theater to be air conditioned.
  • Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy A/C in the White House after reconstruction of the West Wing in 1930, the system cost $30,000.
  • The Packard Company introduced the first air conditioning in a car in 1939, which took up half the trunk!
  • 74,000 Window A/C units were sold in 1948 and over 1 million A/C units were sold in 1953.
  • It is Estimated that in the USA, 87% of homes today have air conditioning, and that 99% of all cars have air conditioning.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your air conditioning and heating needs. We sincerely appreciate your business.

Thomas P. McGuire, President