The Next Generation of Cooling Refrigerants. Refrigerants are liquids stored in your air conditioner’s coils that cool and dehumidify indoor air. If we didn’t have refrigerants, we wouldn’t have air conditioning. 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 negative effects on the environment. Introducing R-410A To reduce environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now engineered to work with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and doesn’t contain chlorine, which means it’s ozone-friendly. You can feel great about using this refrigerant in Zelienople because it’ll help make your cooling system perform 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 probably should look into upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is totally unavailable. 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 Knoechel Heating Company work with R-410A, so you know we have an AC or heat pump more suited to your needs. You should also 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. Knoechel Heating Company is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 724-452-6280 or schedule an in-person meeting online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Zelienople area.