Cooling Refrigerants of the Future. Stored in your air conditioner’s coils, refrigerants are liquids that cool and dehumidify your air. Without refrigerants, air conditioning would not be possible. Over the years, 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, it will no longer be legal to produce R-22 due to its damage to the environment. Introducing R-410A To lessen environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now compatible with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and doesn’t contain chlorine, making it ozone-friendly. You can feel at ease using this refrigerant in Utica because it’ll help make your cooling system operate efficiently, reliably and quietly, and deliver the same cool comfort in the warmer months. Additional Considerations If your AC or heat pump was made anytime before 2010, it may not be R-410A-compatible. You may want to look into upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is completely out of production. The old refrigerant will become rare in the next few years, costing you more to operate your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. work with R-410A, so you can rest assured we have an AC or heat pump more suited to your needs. Be sure to refrain from using”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. Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or moving to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or set up an in-person appointment online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Utica area.