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The Facts on the NEW AIM Act—and Its Impact on Your Finances

Understanding the AIM Act

The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act is a significant piece of legislation aimed at reducing harmful greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. It encourages the development of more sustainable and cleaner technologies. Enacted in December 2020, the AIM Act has set the stage for a transformative shift in the HVAC industry, impacting both manufacturers and consumers.

Timeline and Implementation

Since its enactment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been diligently working on designing guidelines to ensure a smooth transition. Manufacturers have been updating their production plans and processes to comply with the new standards. Starting January 2025, new HVAC systems will utilize R-454B or R-32A refrigerants, which are more environmentally friendly but will result in systems that are 20-30% more expensive than current models.

Who is Affected by the AIM Act?

The AIM Act impacts everyone who uses a home comfort system. If you own an HVAC system, this legislation affects you. While current systems using R-22 or R-410A refrigerants are not required to be replaced, the supply of these older refrigerants will become increasingly scarce. This scarcity will make maintaining and repairing older systems more challenging and expensive.

Your Options Moving Forward

Given the impending changes, you have three primary options to consider:

  1. Maintain Your Current System: Regular annual tune-ups can help prevent refrigerant leaks, potentially extending the life of your existing system. We highly recommend joining our club membership plan to ensure your system receives consistent and thorough maintenance.
  2. Invest in a New System Now: Purchasing a new system that still uses R-410A refrigerant before the 2025 deadline can be a cost-effective option. These systems will be considerably less expensive than those produced after the new standards take effect.
  3. Wait and Pay More: Postponing the replacement of your current system could result in higher costs, as new systems will be 20-30% more expensive after January 2025.

Making the Best Decision for Your Home

We understand that navigating these changes can be overwhelming. Our team is here to help you determine the best course of action for your family’s long-term comfort and financial well-being. Whether it’s maintaining your current system or investing in a new one, we’re committed to providing the guidance and support you need. Contact us today to discuss your options and find the solution that best fits your budget and home comfort needs.

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