New EPA rules prohibit the manufacture of air conditioning equipment that uses Freon® or refrigerant R22 after January 1, 2010.  Equipment that does use this can continue to be repaired until parts and supplies are exhausted.  After that, new equipment that uses Puron® or refrigerant 410A must be introduced.  This is part of Title VI of the Clean Air Act.

This change can have a great impact on Clearwater real estate market, since the Florida summers get warm and people use lots of air conditioning.

So if you are in the Clearwater real estate market and use air conditioning, take a look at your equipment and if necessary, have it serviced.  When the refrigerants R22, or Freon® is gone, the switch to 410A, or Puron® will be mandatory, and may be costly.