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 because of its destructive impact to the environment. Introducing R-410A To lessen environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now designed to work with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and contains no chlorine, making it ozone-friendly. You can feel good about using this refrigerant in Auburn because it’ll help make your system work efficiently, reliably and quietly, and offer the same cool comfort in the warmer months. Additional Considerations If your AC or heat pump was built 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 use your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Forster Heating work with R-410A, so you can be sure we have an AC or heat pump that better meets 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. Forster Heating is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 530-885-8081 or set up an in-person meeting online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Auburn area.