New AHAM rules to fuel hydrocarbon-based foam blowing agents market

The United States foam blowing agents market, reportedly, may witness quite a dynamic transformation of sorts, in terms of the product demand across the home appliance industry. As per sources, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), based in Washington D.C., has unveiled a set of newly published guidelines that are specifically concentrated around the safe servicing of household residential appliances encompassing flammable refrigerants. Apparently, experts claim that these newly released AHAM servicing guidelines vividly demonstrate a smooth transition toward using hydrocarbon-based home appliances, which may eventually impact the commercialization scope of foam blowing agents industry.

For the record, AHAM’s new set of guidelines have been enumerated in a white paper called ‘Safe Servicing of Household Appliances with Flammable Refrigerants: Recommended Practices’ and is inclusive of substantial guidance on leak detection, coolant-line repair, refrigerant removal, pre-service safety checks, refrigerant replacement, and post-service procedures. The home appliances that would be affected by the change in guidelines are freezers, beverage coolers, portable air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and ice makers.

If reports are to be believed, the transition to deploying hydrocarbons for home appliances is expected to be accelerated by the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency’s) latest proposed rule, post which the charge limit of these refrigerants would change from 57 g to 150 g. As per an AHAM spokesperson, these guidelines would give rise to introducing an all-new category of non-hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants as well as foams that would be much more eco-friendly. Also, it has been stated that US-based appliance service providers would need to be educated with regards to how the products must be dealt with for the first time.

The new guidelines proposed by the AHAM have reportedly been aimed toward manufacturing energy efficient, eco-friendly products for the home appliance industry, which would gradually influence the product spectrum of foam blowing agents market. In fact, sources state that these products have already made their presence felt in the home appliance market, with companies manufacturing products utilizing newer refrigerants.