Cooling Refrigerants of the Future. Refrigerants are liquids stored in your air conditioner’s coils that cool and dehumidify indoor air. Without refrigerants, air conditioning would not be possible. For a long time, the most common AC refrigerant was R-22 (Freon), but in 2012 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the phase-out of R-22 through the Clean Air Act. By 2020, R-22 will no longer be legal to produce as a result of its damage to the environment. Introducing R-410A To decrease environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now designed to work with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and is free of chlorine, which means it’s ozone-friendly. You can feel at ease using this refrigerant in Santee because it’ll help make your system perform efficiently, reliably and quietly, and offer the same cool comfort in the warmer months. Additional Considerations If your AC or heat pump was manufactured prior to 2010, it may not be R-410A-compatible. You might investigate upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is ultimately out of production. The old refrigerant will become hard to find in the next few years, costing you more to use your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Aireforce Heating & Air Inc work with R-410A, so you know we have an AC or heat pump more suited to your needs. Additionally, steer clear of”alternate refrigerants that claim to work in R-22 systems. These include R-407C, R-438A and R-422, all of which can actually compromise your system’s performance. Aireforce Heating & Air Inc is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 619-448-2470 or schedule an in-person meeting online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Santee area.