Refrigeration Transition Strategy & Support

Dear Esteemed Customers,

I hope this message finds you well. I deeply value a strong relationship and partnership with customers. Your trust in Ice Air has been the cornerstone of our success, and we want to ensure that we continue to serve your needs effectively.

As you may be aware, the transition from refrigerant R410A enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently underway, prompting changes and adaptations across the HVAC industry. We want to assure you Ice Air has been aggressively preparing for these regulatory changes with R&D-driven innovations that are both more efficient and environmentally friendlier.

We’ve engineered systems that utilize the new refrigerants to achieve an improved Global Warming Potential limit below 700. Global Warming Potential (GWP) measures the heat-trapping ability of a greenhouse gas relative to carbon dioxide over a specific time-period. Lower GWP levels indicate refrigerants that have less impact on global warming. Ice Air’s proactive GWP reduction planning and actions began in 2023, transitioning our HVAC systems to R32 and R454B.

Summary of Key Mandates and R410A transitioning requirements
(Stationary Residential/Light Commercial Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Equipment)

  • On September 23, 2021 – EPA issued a final rule that will phase down the US production and consumption of HFCs by 85%.
  • November 3, 2022 – EPA issued a proposed rule for allocating HFC production and consumption allowances starting in 2024.
  • Jan 1, 2024 – Limitations went into effect in California for select HVAC equipment with GWP levels above 750.
  • Jan 1, 2025 – National GWP limitations are scheduled to take effect.
  • Production and importation of equipment using refrigerants with GWP On levels higher than 700 will be restricted.
    Distribution of equipment on-hand will continue until December 31, 2025.
  • Jan 1, 2026 – Distribution of all HVAC equipment with GWP levels higher than 700 will cease.

R410A will remain available for maintenance and repair of installed equipment.

In addition to the refrigerant changes, Ice Air has also made enhancements and improvements towards Passive House compliance, decreasing exterior sound transmission, and reducing air infiltration and thermal heat transfer.

I recognize, with all these upcoming changes, the uncertainty surrounding potential price adjustments. We want to assure you that Ice Air remains dedicated to providing value to our customers that goes above and beyond what ordinary companies do. Our independence gives us more flexibility to absorb and offset manufacturing and supply chain costs. I can always be personally reached to discuss the specific needs of your business.

As your trusted manufacturer of innovative HVAC equipment, we are dedicated to keeping you updated on all regulatory matters that could impact any current or upcoming projects. We wholeheartedly embrace this responsibility and urge you to rely on us as a dependable resource. Should you have any issues or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your well-being and success is our top priority.

While we are committed to sustainability, we are equally committed to your company’s profitability. Our success as innovators is rooted in our ability to understand and address what your business needs to succeed.

On behalf of the Ice Air team, thank you for your continued trust and partnership.

Warm regards,

Ric Nadel

Ric Nadel
Founder & CEO