These are Five Mistakes Everybody Makes with the Air Conditioning in Their Car

Here is the right way to do it! You are aware of that feeling when it is hot outside and you open your car door only to be met by a wall of heat. It is not the most interesting sensation. And you remember when cars don’t have air conditioning yet? The need to drive a long distance in a hot car was the worst! Having air conditioning in your car is great, though: you no longer have to sit sweating in a scorching hot car or get nauseous because of the heat in the car. However, you do need to use the A/C in the right way! These are some common A/C mistakes and you can easily fix them.

Are you also among those that make these air conditioning mistakes?

1.     Putting the A/C on the highest setting as soon as you get in the car: Several people turn the A/C on as soon as they get in the car and put it on the highest setting as well. This is a serious mistake, though, because it is much better to open all of the doors and windows about a minute before getting in the car. That way, the temperature will drop quite a bit already before you even start the car. This implies that your A/C will have to work a lot less hard once you start driving.

2.     Keeping the ‘recirculation’ turned on: The moment you stepped into your car, it is a good idea to turn on the recirculation. By this way, the car will cool down a lot more quickly. When the car has cooled down, however, you should put the A/C back to using outside air. This will make sure the cold air stream is divided a lot more evenly throughout the car.

3.     Not turning on the air conditioning in the morning because it is still cool outside: Most hot days, it is still cool in the morning, but it gets really hot in the afternoon. A lot of people only turn on A/C when it is actually getting hot in their car when they are driving. It is better to already turn it on a bit earlier, though, because that way you will prevent the windows from fogging up on the inside. Fogged up windows might compromise your ability to see out the windows, which could result in dangerous situations on the road.

4.     Directing the air flow in the wrong direction: Most times, people don’t even notice A/C is turned on because they have turned the air flow in the wrong direction. When you want to create an evenly distributed air flow, you should aim the air upwards instead of at the faces of the people in the car. That way, the entire car will be able to cool down instead of just your face. It is much more comfortable that way as well.

5.     Maintenance: You mightn’t like to hear this, but even your car’s air conditioning needs maintenance. The A/C’s filter needs to be replaced every 15,000 to 20,000 kilometers. In addition, you need to replace the refrigerant every couple of years as well. Therefore, if you want your A/C to work effectively, always keep up with its maintenance.

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