Cooling Refrigerants of the Future. An air conditioner or heat pump counts on its refrigerant to cool and dehumidify the air before it’s circulated around your home. This liquid is housed within the coils of your cooling system, but one of the most typical refrigerants used for many, many years – the R-22 (Freon) is now being phased out due to environmental concerns. In fact, this phase-out was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Clean Air Act. Production of R-22 will cease by 2020. Introducing R-410A Recognized by the EPA, R-410A is a chlorine-free and ozone-friendly refrigerant. This means it will keep your home cool without harming the environment. What’s more, Lennox’s highest efficiency systems are designed to use this AC refrigerant, which can help your system function efficiently. The same Lennox systems are known for durability, quiet operation and improved dehumidification, so you’ll stay comfortable. Additional Considerations At Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro, our cooling offerings can work with R-410A. If your system was installed before 2010, you may want to consider replacing your cooling system now, before R-22 is completely phased out. Some manufacturers carry 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. Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. is Here to Help Contact Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. by calling 256-574-1300 or scheduling an appointment online to discover more about cooling and AC refrigerants. We’re in Scottsboro, so we’re here to answer any questions or come out to your home for a consultation when you need it.