How to Get the Most Out of Your Car’s A/C on a Very Hot Day
As of Tuesday, Fall is 40 days away. In the meantime, it's still going to be hot and sometimes very humid while we are still barely into August. Cooling off your car is no easy task, but here are some tips to help alleviate the sweat.
First of all, you'll want to check if there's any rain/thunderstorms in the forecast each day, that way, you can maybe crack your windows a bit. You could roll them all the way down, but I would avoid doing that out in public. And having your windows wide open on a hot day is counterproductive.
If you park on concrete, most of us do, with the windows rolled up, the inside of your car can reach upwards of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case, you can roll your windows down and run your fan, not the a/c just yet. It can take up to five minutes, which seems like an eternity, for your a/c to get good and going. The point is to get all that hot air out of the car.
Next, make sure you are taking full advantage of your max a/c or recirculate button. I didn't know that sometimes even with the max a/c engaged about 10 percent of it is fresh air.
Get your cabin filter changed every service appointment or every 25,000 miles. Like with your home a/c, your car a/c's filter can get clogged with dirt and debris.
Lastly, try and park in the shade, which isn't readily available most of the time. I'm lucky in that at home, I have two big trees that provide plenty of shade, at work, it's a different story, the survival of the fittest. Those big shades you can put in your windshield can help, but they sometimes don't matter on a day with an excessive heat warning.
In my case, patience is the most important tip. What are some of your cooling the car off tips?