Get Superior Temperature Control in Your Car with These Tips
Getting into a car that’s too hot or too cold is not pleasant. A really hot car can even be dangerous, especially if you have pets, young children or anyone else vulnerable in the back. When it’s really hot or cold outside, you don’t want to have to wait a long time for your vehicle to get to a comfortable temperature. But it can take some time for your car to heat up or cool down, especially if it’s been sitting out in the elements for a while.
So what can you do if you want to make sure you have good control of the temperature in your car? You can consider a few tips that will help you to get your car to the right temperature, whether you’re trying to heat it up or cool it down.
Understand the Temperature Controls
Firstly, you need to make sure you understand the temperature controls in your car. This is especially important if you’ve recently bought a new car, particularly if you’re replacing an older model with a much newer one. You need to understand the options you have for climate control in your vehicle and how they work so that you can use them properly. Of course, taking a look at your owner’s manual is a quick way to find out how to work everything. If you’re more of a visual learner, consider looking for videos online that will show you what to do.
Keep the Heat Out
One of the hardest things is preventing your car from heating up on a hot day. If you have a nice cool garage, you might find it a little easier. But if you have to park outdoors, your car can be scorching when it’s time to get in it. Fortunately, there are various things you can do to help keep the heat out. For a permanent solution, consider automotive tinting on your windows. This can be much more than just aesthetic, helping to keep the heat out. You can also consider window screens if you don’t want to go for tinting. Of course, parking in the shade can help too.
Know How to Warm Up Quickly
On the other end of the scale, getting into a freezing cold car isn’t fun, either. It can take a while to heat up, but you might not want to get in wearing your coat. Some people may recommend turning on your engine to heat your car before you’re ready to go. However, this is not only bad for your vehicle but also bad for the environment. Instead, you can turn on your ignition without starting the engine. You can idle for up to 30 seconds before turning on your heater, which will allow the air to warm first.
Maintain Your Heating and Cooling
Maintenance of your car’s heating and cooling is a must if you want them to operate efficiently. It should be part of the checks when you get your car serviced, but there are other things you can do to keep it running smoothly too. Checking your air conditioning filter is one of the important steps you should take to ensure everything is working as it should be. Of course, it’s also important to keep an eye on how everything is operating and whether there are any problems that need to be fixed.
Use Your Heater and AC Efficiently
When you know how to use your heater and AC as efficiently as possible, it can help to protect your car and get more from the system. For example, there’s no need to turn the heating up to high to try and get your car to warm up quicker. Keeping the air conditioning on even when you have the heat on is smart too. It won’t pump in cold air, but will instead help to prevent humidity from building up and causing foggy windows.
Take Passengers into Account
When you have passengers in your car, it can make it more difficult to prevent the windows from fogging up. Opening a window slightly can help, letting out moisture to keep the car more comfortable. It can also be helpful to turn up the fan for your passengers in the back seat to make sure they’re getting enough heat. Turning down the heat can help to keep it more comfortable for you in the front while your passengers get the heat they need too.
With the right knowledge of your car’s controls and how to use them efficiently, you can keep it at a comfortable temperature all year.
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