Car air conditioning is now coming as a standard feature in most new cars. As it becomes standard it also becomes taken for granted, doing its job of keeping the car at your chosen temperature and blowing a breeze of cold air around. However, there's a lot more to air conditioning than meets the eye, and it has a fair amount of uses that aren't just for cooling.
The Benefits of Air Conditioning:
- Not just for Summer - Air conditioning has its Winter uses too, clearing misty windscreens much faster than usual air ventilation
- Great for Allergies - Air conditioning filters pollutants and airborne particles, meaning it could be the perfect partner for hayfever sufferers, offering some much-needed relief from the pollen outside
- Improves Driver Fatigue - A major concern for long distance drivers is getting tired whilst on the road, but a blast of cold air can somewhat help prevent drivers getting too warm and comfortable and falling asleep
Whilst it can be difficult to check if your air conditioning is fully operational yourself, there are a few things that you can check to identify whether a thorough service at your local Evans Halshaw may be due.
If the system is well maintained, the air conditioning provides fresh air, due to the process that the air is pressurised. However, if the system is not maintained, bacteria can build up in the unit - producing unpleasant odours that could potentially increase allergy systems if left too long. If your air conditioning is producing an unpleasant odour your system may need a bacteria clean.
There are two noticeable changes in air conditioning when it is not working efficiently. The first is if there is a noticeable change in your air conditioning unit blowing more cold air than usual. This is usually due to a blockage in the system which will force more air out the vents. The second is that there will be a lot less air blown out of the system, this is likely to be a leak somewhere in the system.
Is your car more than 2 years old?
If the answer is yes - it's more than likely you are due an air conditioning recharge with gas and lubricant. It's estimated that your car permeates between 10 - 15% of gas from the system every year and that's before you've even used it. Car manufacturers recommend that you have your air conditioning system serviced every 2 years to ensure its running as efficiently as possible - your air conditioning service is not part of your vehicles routine servicing.
Whilst it's essential you have your air conditioning unit serviced regularly, there are a few things you can do to improve your air conditioning efficiency:
- With a standard manually controlled air conditioning system you should leave the air conditioning on all the time, even if you are not using it to cool the car.
- Once a week you should turn the system to full cold air for ten minutes (even through the winter, if you can) in order to circulate refrigerant which contains the lubricant for the seals (reducing those nasty leaks).
- Once your ten minutes is up - switch to full heat to dry the pipes out, this is get rid of any moisture in the ventilation where mould and bacteria may grow.
There really is more to your cars air conditioning than you may think. To ensure you stay cool this summer why not take advantage of our free complimentary air conditioning check? During your free air conditioning check our technicians will check that your vehicles refrigerant levels are in line with the manufacturer guidelines and working as efficiently as possible. From here they can advise if any further work may be necessary.
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