With warm weather on its way, it's just about time to turn down the heat in your car and turn on the air conditioning instead. Here are four things you can do to make your vehicle's air conditioning system run more efficiently.
1. Change Out The Cabin Air Filter
All of the air that is pumped throughout your vehicle passes through the cabin air filter as well. The filter keeps dust and dirt out of the air in your car. As the filter does its job and gets clogged up, your air conditioning unit will have to exert more energy to circulate air.
To prevent this problem from occurring, you should change out your cabin air filter twice a year. If you live somewhere with a lot of smog, you may want to change your cabin filter every three months. Luckily, this is a pretty quick job. It should only take a few minutes for your mechanic to change out your cabin filter.
2. Get An Air Conditioning Performance Check
Swing by your local mechanic and see if they can run an air conditioning performance check. During the check they will make sure that all your hoses are in good condition and that are the seals are working fine. They will also make sure that you don't have any pressure leaks in your system.
It should only takes about ten or fifteen minutes for your mechanic to run and air conditioning performance check. It is an easy way to make sure that everything is working correctly under the hood. If not, they will provide you with a quote for repairs.
3. Reuse The Cabin Air
Your air conditioning unit most likely has two buttons that allow you to control where the air comes from that your air conditioning system is using. The button with the arrow in a circle is for re-circulating the air that is already inside of your cabin. The button that shows an arrow pointing outside is for pulling outside air into your air conditioning system.
Once your car has cooled down, switch to the circular arrow that allows you to circulate the air inside of your vehicle back into your air conditioning system. Since your air conditioning unit already cooled this air off, it will not have to work as hard to keep your car cool.
4. Tint Your Windows
If you really want to keep your car cool, look into getting your windows tinted. Most window tints not only make your vehicle look cool, they help keep out the sun's rays. Your vehicle will not get as hot on warm spring and summer days, and your air conditioning unit will not have to work so hard. Ask your mechanic if their shop can install some window tint for you. The job only takes a few hours, and will help keep your car cool for years to come.
For more information, contact Modern Auto Air or a similar company.Share
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