The Next Generation of Cooling Refrigerants. 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. Over the 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 destructive impact to the environment. Introducing R-410A To reduce environmental impacts, all Lennox® products are now compatible with the new R-410A AC refrigerant. R-410A is EPA-recognized and is free of chlorine, making it ozone-friendly. You can feel great about using this refrigerant in Wisconsin Rapids because it’ll help make your system operate efficiently, reliably and quietly, and offer 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 might think about upgrading your cooling system before R-22 is totally out of production. The old refrigerant will become scarce in the next few years, costing you more to operate your system effectively. The Lennox products we offer at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc work with R-410A, so you know we have an AC or heat pump more suited to your needs. Be sure to 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. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc is Here to Help Have questions about your current system or moving to an R-410A refrigerant? Give us a call at 715-421-5555 or arrange an in-person consulation online . We can help you find solutions for your cooling systems and AC refrigerants in the Wisconsin Rapids area.