Inside AAON Episode 01: Navigating the Refrigerant Transition with Kevin Teakell

Join co-hosts Whitney Tapp and Derby Juez-Perez as they sit down with Kevin Teakell, AAON Senior Manager of Governance and Industry Affairs, to discuss the impact of the current refrigerant transition. As the head of Government Affairs, Kevin has spent 28 years at AAON focusing on the regulations of chemicals, refrigerants, product efficiency, and more. With his wealth of industry expertise, Kevin offers a valuable perspective on the transition to refrigerants with A2L classification, like R-454B.

Tune in to the inaugural episode of Inside AAON for actionable insights and expert advice on how to navigate the transition safely and efficiently. 


2:25 — How the latest refrigerant transition to R-454B compares to past transitions
5:58 — Why AAON chose R-454B to replace R-410A refrigerant
8:09 — Understanding the A2L classification of R-454B as a flammable refrigerant
12:20 — How AAON assures safety with rigorous testing and safety measures
17:12 — The process of aligning safety standards and building codes across the U.S.
23:50 — How AAON will transport equipment under the new A2L classification 
28:24 — How the new EPA Ruling affects AAON’s sell-through period
31:05 — Refrigerant terminology and FAQs explained by Kevin Teakell



Inside AAON is a podcast that delves into technical deep dives, product insights, uplifting stories, sustainability initiatives, employee spotlights, and more to offer a 360-degree view of the HVAC landscape as we see it at AAON.


Have ideas or topics you're interested to learn about? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at marketing@aaon.com. Access new episodes of Inside AAON on our website at www.aaon.com/news or find us on your favorite podcast platforms.

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