3 uses of your car air conditioning system and how it works

A Person turning on their car's Air Conditioning

Your car air conditioning system works by producing cold and dry air within your vehicle. It is made up of a number of different components such as a coolant, evaporator, refrigerant gas and compressor that helps turn the air from outside into cool, refreshing air on the inside. Your car air con system is useful in more ways than you think.

Keeps you cool during the hot summer months

It goes without saying that your car air conditioning is a godsend during the hot summer months. It can help keep you comfortable, keep you safe and make those long journeys a little less stressful. Your air conditioning’s main purpose is to maintain your level of comfort during hot and muggy weather, so your car journey is more manageable. Particularly, if you’re travelling with children, your air conditioning can help keep them cool and protected. It’s also beneficial for people with dogs travelling in the car and can help to keep them safe.

Helps to demist your windscreen

Most people don’t actually realise that your car’s air conditioning is beneficial in the winter too. Because the air coming out of the system is dry, it can help to clear the humidity from your car. When the air conditioning is switched on, it actually can work a lot quicker to demist your car than your blowers. This means your visibility is improved quicker and you can get on the road sooner. No more late mornings into work!

Save on fuel

It’s quite common for people to believe that using your air conditioning increases fuel use. However, this isn’t actually the case. First of all, driving fast with your windows down can actually increase your fuel use. This is because the air pushing into your car forces it to work harder to maintain speed. Secondly, although your air conditioning system is powered by the engine, most air compressors alternate the amount of power based on the temperature of the car. This means that leaving your air conditioning on regulates cabin temperature which means your system is likely to use less fuel. Especially in comparison to driving with the windows down.

Regularly maintain the system to save yourself money

The main reason to keep your car air conditioning system maintained is to help save you money. Getting a regular service and an air con re-gas every 2 years or so can help to keep the system working properly. You can avoid major repairs and damage to your car’s system. In addition to this, you can help save on fuel and stay cool in the summer months. As the system is made up of a number of different components, each one of them can suffer from wear and tear. Therefore, getting repairs could potentially be expensive. Ensuring the system is regularly checked and topped up with gas means you get a working system all year round. Be sure to book your vehicle in for a thorough air-con service by using our quick, easy and free online booking tool!