Cooling Refrigerants of the Future. Refrigerants are liquids stored in your air conditioner’s coils that cool and dehumidify indoor air. If there weren’t refrigerants, there wouldn’t be 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 because of its negative effects on 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 doesn’t contain chlorine, which means it’s ozone-friendly. You can feel at ease using this refrigerant in Asheville because it’ll help make your AC work efficiently, reliably and quietly, and deliver the same cool comfort in the warmer months. Additional Considerations If your AC or heat pump was made anytime before 2010, it may not be R-410A-compatible. You probably should investigate upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is ultimately out of production. The old refrigerant will become rare in the next few years, costing you more to operate your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at 1st Choice Service Group Inc work with R-410A, so you can be sure we have an AC or heat pump you can better rely on. You should also avoid”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. 1st Choice Service Group Inc is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or moving to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 828-551-2913 or schedule an in-person appointment online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Asheville area.