What is F-Gas and how is it utilised across British industry?

The term F-Gas stands for fluorinated gas, a collective term which refers to a group of man-made gases commonly used in various industrial applications, including refrigeration and air conditioning systems. These gases are typically used as refrigerators, solvents, and propellants, among other things. What’s more, F-Gases have been found to contribute to climate change, as they have a high global warming potential (GWP).


Many of the risks that F-Gas presents are difficult to monitor, so it’s vital to have some kind of F-Gas detection system in place to pick up on any leaks. That’s where we can help. With more than 25 years of experience behind us here at Gas Alarm Systems, we use our extensive in-house expertise to deliver reliable, cost-effective fixed gas detection systems tailored to meet the specific hazards of your industry – including F-Gas leaks. So, here’s our brief guide to F-Gas and how it’s practically used.

What are F-Gases

F-Gases are classified as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorocarbons), and SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride). They’re used in a variety of industries, including refrigeration and air conditioning, foam insulation, fire extinguishing, and semiconductor manufacturing. These gases are very effective at their job, which is why they have become so prevalent in various industries. However, owing to the high GWP of F-Gases, they do contribute to global warming more than many other commercially used gases.

How are F-Gases used in the commercial and industrial sector?

One way that F-Gases are utilised is in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. These systems use F-Gases as refrigerants. To address this issue, manufacturers are developing new refrigerants that have a lower GWP, such as HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins). These refrigerants are designed to be more environmentally friendly than traditional F-Gases.

F-Gases are also used to create foam insulation, which is used in buildings to improve energy efficiency. However, the use of F-Gases in foam insulation has been identified as a major contributor to global warming. To address this issue, manufacturers are developing new foam insulation products that do not use F-Gases.

Essentially, F-Gases are a group of man-made gases that are commonly used in various industrial applications, including refrigeration and air conditioning systems, foam insulation, and semiconductor manufacturing.

How our detectors can protect you from F-Gas exposure

Our F-Gas detectors are one of the safest ways to reduce the likelihood of exposure. Depending on the size of your premises, you can install one or multiple gas alarms in your workplace – we’d always advise placing them in key areas where the risk of leakage is at its highest, such as near containment tanks. Our detectors are designed to pick up on trace amounts of fumes, so you can rely on them to alert your staff to the danger and give them plenty of time to vacate the area until it can be made safe.

Our gas detectors can be purchased as either fixed or portable devices, and provide comprehensive protection from the risks posed by asphyxiate, toxic and flammable gases, by giving you early warning of a potential leak.

Our in-house experts take care to provide reliable, cost-effective solutions tailored to meet the specific hazards of your industry. Feel free to take a look at our range of fixed gas detection systems or portable gas detection monitors, including carbon monoxide systems and carbon dioxide systems, or if you have any questions or need any advice, by all means call us on 01423 862240, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.