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. For 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 be illegal to produce R-22 because of its negative effects on the environment. Introducing R-410A To decrease environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now compatible with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and contains no chlorine, so it’s ozone-friendly. You can feel at ease using this refrigerant in Madera because it’ll help make your cooling system operate 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 probably should look into upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is totally out of production. The old refrigerant will become rare in the next few years, costing you more to use your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. work with R-410A, so you can be sure we have an AC or heat pump more suited to your needs. You should also avoid”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. Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 559-675-1681 or set up an in-person appointment online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Madera area.