Cold winter days are fast approaching now that we’re past Labor Day. This means you need to make sure your vehicle is ready for commutes in wintery weather, and part of that means having a heating system that functions properly and efficiently.
Now is the time to get your car heating system ready for winter, but it’s also good time to get your car AC checked for winter as well. Here’s an overview of what you should know.
Using the AC during the winter can be beneficial
Obviously, you’re going to be primarily using your heating system when the weather gets cold so you can keep your car at comfortable temperatures.
However, vehicle experts also agree that running your air conditioning in the vehicle even during the colder months will help prolong your vehicle’s life and also make for a more comfortable experience.
The AC system in your vehicle has moving parts that need to continue to operate if they are to stay in good condition. If the refrigerant and the lubricants in the system don’t continue to circulate, some parts of the system will not be properly lubricated, meaning it could cause leaks in seals and lead to damage that could necessitate some expensive repairs.
Even operating the system once every few weeks for about 10 minutes on a high-blast cold setting will be good enough to keep the system in good condition and prevent deterioration that could become costly to fix. Getting into this habit will help you continue to circulate coolant through the system and keep everything functioning properly.
In addition, regularly using the air conditioning also helps to remove moisture from the air. Using the heating during the winter can introduce moisture into the vehicle, especially when you consider the way the heat on the inside of the vehicle could react with the cold exterior temperatures on glass surfaces. The air conditioning also helps to dehumidify the air, which makes for a more comfortable interior and can prevent the buildup of mold and mildew in the air vents.
You might even consider using your heat and your air conditioning at the same time. Doing so will allow your cooling system to operate and your parts to move around and stay lubricated while you still get warm air blowing into the system. This will help you avoid uncomfortable situations when the weather is already quite cold outside and you’re blowing cold air into your vehicle. Try this at least a couple times a month during the winter so you can keep your air conditioning system in prime condition as long as possible.
These are just a few tips on how to prepare your car for the winter season and ensure a comfortable and safe experience for yourself and any passengers who may be riding with you. For more information, we encourage you to contact the team at Auto Air & Heating, Inc. with any questions you have about the services we offer. We look forward to assisting you!
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