Is R290 the solution to the F-gas problem? The heat pumps now using this non-toxic refrigerant

Vaillant arotherm heat pump in garden using R290 refirgerant
R290 propane refrigerant provides the solution to heat pump's F-gas problem (Image credit: Vaillant)

A new solution to the F-gas problem is now sweeping across Europe with manufacturers switching to R290 as a refrigerant in heat pumps instead.

R290 propane refrigerant is becoming increasingly popular in air source heat pumps, especially in smaller capacity heat pumps used in residential and commercial applications. One of the main reasons for this is R290 is a more environmentally friendly compared to the refrigerants commonly used in heat pumps, such as R410A and R407C. Some heat pump manufacturers, such as Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin, and Vaillant have already started producing R290-based heat pumps for residential and commercial use.

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