The Next Generation of Cooling Refrigerants. An air conditioner or heat pump relies on its refrigerant to cool and dehumidify the air before it’s streamed back into your home. This liquid is contained within the coils of a cooling system, but one of the most common refrigerants used for many, many years – the R-22 (Freon) is now being replaced 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. R-410A will cool your home without damaging the environment. Additionally, Lennox’s most efficient systems are designed to use this AC refrigerant, which can help your system perform efficiently. The same Lennox systems are known for durability, quiet operation and better dehumidification, so you’ll stay comfortable. Additional Considerations At Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia, our cooling products 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 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. Watts Electric & A/C Inc is Here to Help Contact Watts Electric & A/C Inc by calling 601-736-7362 or scheduling an appointment online to learn more about cooling and AC refrigerants. We’re in Columbia, so we’re here to answer any questions or come out to your home for a consultation when you need it.