Toshiba Air Conditioning has launched a ground-breaking lease scheme enabling users to replace obsolete R22 air conditioning equipment with the latest high efficiency systems – in most cases for no additional cost.
Despite the long-anticipated ban, R22 is still one of the most common refrigerants in use in installed systems. Under EU legislation, however, use of R22 for topping up plant will be banned from the end of 2014.
David Dunn, Toshiba Air Conditioning Commercial Director, explains: “Systems still running on R22 will effectively become obsolete. The problem is there is a huge amount of R22-based equipment still in use across the UK.
“This represents a very serious exposure for building operators. Toshiba’s new lease scheme enables them to replace aging R22 plant with new high efficiency air conditioning in a budget neutral way. The savings in running costs in the vast majority of cases pay for the lease costs on the new equipment, giving up to seven years peace of mind.”
The key to the scheme is the use of high efficiency R410A equipment which uses much less energy to deliver the same cooling and heating.