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. 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 due to its damage to the environment. Introducing R-410A To lessen environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now engineered to work with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and contains no chlorine, which means it’s ozone-friendly. You can feel at ease using this refrigerant in Paso Robles because it’ll help make your cooling system operate efficiently, reliably and quietly, and provide 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 might think about upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is ultimately unavailable. The old refrigerant will become rare in the next few years, costing you more to run your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Paso Robles Heating and Air work with R-410A, so you can rest assured we have an AC or heat pump you can better rely on. You should also 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. Paso Robles Heating and Air is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or upgrading to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 805-238-7553 or set up an in-person consulation online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Paso Robles area.