Understanding how your car’s aircon is important and taking care of it properly is critical to a comfortable ride for you and your passengers. So, let’s break down the basics of your car’s air conditioning so that you can get the most out of your vehicle’s climate control system.
This guide will provide top-form tips and advice on understanding and maintaining your vehicle’s aircon and how technology has played a part in providing the best aircon features you have today. So, read on to learn how to keep your car cool!
Your vehicle’s aircon system is probably the most versatile component of your baby (that’s your car, obviously). Knowing how to spot a fault and troubleshooting the air conditioning system will save you from any stress when the temperature rises or drops.
The long and the short of it is you need your aircon, and it needs you to stay in its tip-top form. These are the top TWO easy tips to keep it operating at its optimum:
GO LOWER, WEEKLY!
Running your air conditioning weekly at the coolest temperature and with the highest fan speed will help defrost the system. Do this for at least ten minutes for optimum results. This keeps your compressor functioning correctly, maintains gas pressure, removes dampness, and wards off mildew.
HOW TO COOL DOWN FAST
If you need to get the inside of your vehicle cool faster, simply switch on your aircon and fan to full blast; this will quickly turn the hot air to cool. It will help distribute the cool air within your vehicle and cool down the car. Once you have gotten rid of that hot, stuffy air, you can recirculate the cooler air for efficiency.
TO RECIRCULATE OR NOT TO RECIRCULATE IS THE QUESTION
First, what is recirculation? This is when you basically recycle the air already in the car. You may want to turn the recirculation mode off if the air in the car is stuffy. This is because recirculating the air will keep the stuffy air in, rather than pressing the external air intake button to get rid of hot air stuck inside the vehicle. Once the stuffy air is out, you can then recirculate the cooler, fresher air.
DECODING YOUR AIRCON ICONS
Let’s break down what your car’s aircon and related icons mean.