Cooling Refrigerants of the Future. A refrigerant is a liquid that is stored in your AC coils, which help cool and dehumidify the 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 destructive impact to the environment. Introducing R-410A To decrease environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now engineered 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 good about using this refrigerant in Middletown because it’ll help make your AC operate efficiently, reliably and quietly, and provide the same cool comfort in the warmer months. Additional Considerations If your AC or heat pump was built 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 Schagrin Gas Company work with R-410A, so you know we have an AC or heat pump that better meets 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. Schagrin Gas Company is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 302-658-2000 or set up an in-person meeting online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Middletown area.