The Next Generation of Cooling Refrigerants. An air conditioner or heat pump counts on its refrigerant to cool and dehumidify the air before it’s sent back through your home. This liquid is contained within the coils of your home’s cooling system, but one of the most widely used refrigerants used for a very long time – the R-22 (Freon) is now being gradually eliminated due to environmental concerns. In fact, this phase-out was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Clean Air Act. By 2020, R-22 will no longer be in production. Introducing R-410A Chlorine-free and ozone-friendly, R-410A is recognized by the EPA. R-410A will keep your AC running cool without hurting the environment. Additionally, Lennox’s highest efficiency systems are designed to use this AC refrigerant, which can help your system operate efficiently. The same Lennox systems are known for dependability, quiet operation and better dehumidification, so you’re sure to stay comfortable. Additional Considerations At James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington, our cooling models can work with R-410A. If your system was made before 2010, you may want to consider replacing your cooling system now, before R-22 is scarce. Some manufacturers offer alternate refrigerants such as R-407C, R-438A and R-422, however, they may not work with an R-22 AC or heat pump and could compromise your system’s performance. James Heating & A/C, Inc is Here to Help Contact James Heating & A/C, Inc by calling 336-853-6070 or scheduling an appointment online to find out more about cooling and AC refrigerants. We’re in Lexington, so we’re here to answer any questions or come out to your home for a consultation when you need it.