New, Smart Refrigerators Demand High-Performance Refrigeration
The cooling mechanism in home refrigerators and freezers has not changed in nearly a century. A refrigerator works based on the thermodynamic cycle of the refrigerant that transfers heat away from the unit to keep food at the right temperature.
While the basic method of cooling has not changed, residential refrigerators and freezers are undergoing a different type of change. Many new units include smart skills like keeping track of items that need regular restocking.
Others units use new designs, including glass or handle-less doors that open automatically or with the simple push of a button. Still others have new features like specialized storage zones that maintain different temperatures. Some deluxe models include these features and even more.
None of these advancements benefit consumers if the unit's refrigeration system is not optimized for high performance.
Modern Refrigerators and Freezers Demand Modern Refrigerants
Modern refrigerators and freezers offer high-tech functions and intuitive features. These essential appliances run around the clock, so they need an energy efficient refrigerant that delivers consistent cooling over the lifetime of each unit. In addition, refrigerants selected for new equipment should feature a low environmental impact, complying with appropriate regulations related to ozone depletion and global warming potential.
The Opteon™ portfolio includes refrigerants that provide the cooling performance, safety, and sustainability needed in new residential refrigerators.
Opteon™ refrigerants are hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) gases that have zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low global warming potential (GWP). Opteon™ XP10 (R-513A) and Opteon™ XL10 (R-1234yf) are excellent solutions for manufacturers to consider when designing equipment for domestic refrigeration.