Tips of proper Use of Car Air Conditioning
There’s nothing inconveniencing like driving a car on a very hot day and you’re not able to use the air conditioning to find a bit of relief from the unbearable heat. It’s arguably one of the most important features in a vehicle because it is useless to roll the windows down when the heat can’t be cut off. All our cars for hire Uganda and Uganda safari vehicles have air conditioning so our clients feel at ease on their trip in Uganda or on their self-drive car hire journey.
However, when you have Car Air Conditioning, it’s also very important to know the proper way to use your air conditioning for it reduces stress on the engine as well as reduce your fuel mileage. So, before you use the air all the way up, consider these tips to make sure that you are maximizing the efficiency of your AC and that you’re using it properly to avoid unnecessary and avoidable damages of the car.
Guidelines of how to make best use of Air conditioning in a car
- Park your car in Shade
This is the first way you can minimize the use of AC in your car because when you park your car in a shade, especially if you’re not going to use it for the entire day or afternoon, the shade will at least help lower the temperature inside your vehicle no matter how hot it gets throughout the day,
- Roll the Windows Down
Rolling the windows down is another way you can help your car cool down quickly without using the air conditioning. Get your key in the car, roll all four windows down and drive. This allows fresh air to enter the vehicle while forcing the hot, stagnant air out.
- Start your AC with a low setting
Immediately setting your air conditioning to a high level will lead to faster wear and tear which usually requires more energy that is needed to rapidly cool the car without warming up. So, it is advised that when you first turn the air on, start with a lower setting and let it warm up a little bit before turning it up higher if the weather outside is unbearable.
- Don’t Immediately Shut off the Air
Turn off the Ac first before parking your vehicle. Possibly one of the most common improper treatments of the air conditioning is turning your vehicle off immediately upon arriving at your destination without turning the air conditioning off first. Once you turn the air off, it leaves the fan on at an intermediate speed to work to dry out the AC’s evaporator. If it isn’t turned off before parking, it will be near ice cold and can cause condensation which may lead to a puddle of water forming under your vehicle, so putting it off before parking will reduce the moisture and condensation that builds up and will prevent moss from building up on the evaporator and other parts.
- Watch for Fuel Efficiency
You have to remember that using your air conditioner will eat into your vehicle’s fuel consumption as the air conditioning compressor is powered by the engine. Using the air conditioning on a high setting especially will lead to a reduction in fuel efficiency so if you don’t need the air to be that high, then avoid overusing it and cutting into your car’s fuel levels.
- Have Your AC Serviced
Regularly serving your AC ensures that it will stay reliably even in the hottest conditions. There are a number of parts in the air conditioning system that help it to work correctly and any one of these parts require regular servicing to ensure they are working and functioning properly. When you do have your AC serviced be sure that the mechanic checks the refrigerant levels as well. Although it’s sometimes not included in the standard vehicle services, let yours be often checked.
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