Car airconditioning is indispensable during the warmer summer months. It cools down the air inside the car and keeps the driver comfortable and alert. However, air conditioning can also be a beneficial feature during the cold winter months. Here are the main reasons why regularly switching on your car’s air conditioning system in the winter is a good idea.
The last thing you want to do on a cold winter’s day is fill your car full of cold air. However, you can use your car airconditioning system in conjunction with the car’s heating system. Not only will it heat your car more efficiently, the air conditioner will dry the cooler, damper air in your car and help to quickly de-fog your windows. This is also a safety issue as you will have much better visibility without your windows constantly steaming up.
Less Maintenance Issues
Regular use of your car’s air conditioning system will keep it working better. It prevents the build- up of mould and bacteria which can result in musty, unpleasant smells. If your car airconditioning is regularly ticking over, all the parts will be utilised and there will be less need for expensive repairs. It’s important that the pumps in your system keep turning as they’ll prevent the seals from deteriorating. Car manufacturers recommend turning on the air conditioning system at least once a week on the coolest setting for about 10 minutes. This will help circulate the refrigerant which in turn helps to lubricate the compressor; then turning the heating up to the highest setting will dry out the tubes and prevent the accumulation of moisture and bacteria.
In the long term, using your car’s air conditioning during the winter could save you money. If all the parts are working properly, you won’t have to spend money on costly repairs. If you never use your car airconditioning during the winter, it will work less efficiently during the summer when you really need it. Many drivers open the windows or sunroof to de-mist the interior. Not only will this force the heating system to work harder, the drag on the vehicle will consume more power.
Cool Car Air Conditioning specialise in car airconditioning servicing, car aircon recharge, car aircon regas and repairs including odour/bacterial removal treatment. We have a mobile service so we can even come to you during the colder months. For more information and advice on looking after your car’s air conditioning system this winter, call us or visit us online.