Everyone loves summer and this is the time when most people go out for a ride or take road trips. Nonetheless, sometimes the sun is unforgiving and the temperatures soar up to unbearable figures. At a time like this, you will need your car’s AC system to be working at maximum efficiency. Also, when you leave your car parked in open space and under the sun with the windows and doors closed, the temperatures can rise to twice or even thrice the outside temperatures. In each of the following cases, you need your air conditioner to cool the car’s interior as quick as possible. Unfortunately, the AC might take forever to cool the car or even seem not to be having any positive impact. For such reasons, we have come up with a list of things that you can do to make sure that your car’s AC is cooler.
1) Check and change the refrigerant from time to time
Your car’s AC pump uses a refrigerant to provide that cooling effect. The type of refrigerant used in modern cars is a liquid substance referred to as R-134a as opposed to Freon or R-12 that was predominantly used in the past. R-134a is environmentally friendly and more efficient than Freon and thus the reason why automakers decided to shift to it. Any refrigerant, no matter the type is not meant to last the car’s lifetime. Although the refrigerant in your car might last a pretty long time, it wears down and decreases in quantity over time. With low refrigerant levels your car’s AC system would not be able to provide optimal cooling effect and therefore you should always ensure that there is enough refrigerant in your car’s AC system.
2) Always use a window sun blocker or park your car under a shade
The heat build-up inside the car when it is exposed to direct sunlight might be fatal and hence you need to ensure that the temperatures do not rise very high. One active measure against such high temperatures is to use a window sun blocker which will reflect away the sun’s rays and thus prevent heat build-up. However, if you have the option of parking your car under a shade, then make sure that you do so. This will also go a long way in ensuring that your car’s AC runs cooler.
3) Ensure that the air vents always point at you
When you want a fast cooling effect you should ensure that you turn the fan and set it to run at maximum speed then turn on the AC and ensure that the vents are pointed in your direction. This way, cool air will be blown directly towards you and thus you will be able to feel the cooling effect much faster. Sometimes people even forget to open the air vents and so as much the AC is working hard to recirculate air inside the car, there will be no effect at all. Therefore, always ensure that the air vents are open and pointed towards the right direction.
4) Open the windows and turn the AC to fresh mode
When your car has been under the sun for a long time the AC might take a long time to cool the car. However, you can accelerate this process by opening the car windows and setting the AC into fresh mode. This way, the AC system will be able to push out the hot air and draw in cooler air from the environment. This will thus accelerate the cooling process. After the car has been cooled to the desired level, you can now go ahead and close the windows and set the AC to recirculation mode.