This article is originally featured on Envirotec.

 

By: Bob Vigdor

Gas and refrigerant leaks can do a tremendous amount of damage. CFCs have a high chlorine content and have been linked strongly to ozone depletion and global warming. HCFCs were considered an improvement when they were first introduced, as they have lower chlorine and make a lesser contribution to ozone depletion and global warming.

The US EPA website lists the problematic effects of leaks, and these include harms in relation to ozone depletion, global warming, flammability, toxicity, reduced air quality, ecosystem effects, and occupational health and safety. Health and safety is a tricky issue as some harmful gases are odorless and tasteless. Read More