What are refrigerants?
The role of refrigerants is fundamental to the air conditioning process - without refrigerants, there would be no air conditioning. In summer, it is responsible for cooling the space by absorbing the heat energy in your home and expelling it outside. In winter, it works in reverse by drawing heat from outside and transporting it into your home.
Various refrigerants have been used in air conditioners until now. Regulations have increasingly become stricter from greater consideration for the global environment because of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 and the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, resulting in a shift to refrigerants with even lower environmental impact.
Daikin and R32
Mindful of the environment and climate impact of its products, Daikin has taken the lead when it comes to next generation refrigerants. Daikin became the world's first company to succeed in applying R32 to air conditioners by leveraging its expertise as the only manufacturer that develops and manufactures both air conditioners and refrigerants.
Since 2015, Daikin Industries Ltd has provided worldwide free access to 93 patents that aim to support air conditioning manufacturers transition to using R32 refrigerant. Compared to the commonly used R410A, R32 has a 66% lower ‘Global Warming Potential Factor’ which provides less risk of harm to the environment. *
To date, Daikin has sold over 21 million units utilising R32 in more than 70 countries including Australia.