Effective Use of the Auto Air ConditioningThere are certain tricks when it comes to using your auto air conditioning system that you might be unaware of, which is why in this article we will discuss them. The aim is for you to get the most out of the system without causing damage to it in the process - after all, nobody likes to have unnecessary bills to pay.
First of all – if possible, park in the shade. We all know that this is not always possible, but do try to do it. If it is absolutely impossible, at least use windshield shades.
After you get in the vehicle and start driving, it is a good idea to not turn on the AC immediately. First, try and open the windows to let the hot air that has gathered inside get out. After that you can start the air conditioning, but not to the maximum of its settings. Start it on low and give it time to adjust a bit before cranking it up. After all, automatic air conditioning starts on low for a reason - take that as a hint and do the same for your A/C if it is not automatic.
Another handy little tip would be to use the ‘Recirculation’ setting of the A/C. By using this option, you will avoid using air from the outside, which in turn means that the system will not work as hard to cool the outside air, but instead it will work less intensely to cool the air already inside the vehicle.
When you arrive at your destination (or better yet while you are close to it) turn off the A/C. The idea is not to turn off the engine before you have taken care of the air conditioning beforehand. You can also choose to keep the fan on medium or high speed after the AC has been turned off, this is done so that the fan can dry the evaporator and its surroundings.
In terms of health, you should know that it isn’t a very good idea to keep the A/C blasting really cold inside the car. This may cause you to faint after getting outside of the vehicle, in the heat.
Last but not least, have the A/C serviced at an auto repair shop as often as needed. Consult a mechanic on the spot or check the owner’s manual to find out how often that should be, based on the vehicle’s make and model.
Have a cool summer!