Keeping your car cool in the summer can not only prevent unnecessary breakdowns, but it can also extend the life of your car. Plus, a cool cabin is much more enjoyable for drivers and passengers. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways for keeping your car cool in warm weather. Not only can you beat the heat, but there are also several ways to optimize cooling and/or save money in the process.
According to CNet, shade is one of the best ways to beat the heat. Cars can reach unbearable temperatures when they sit in sunlight, capable of melting plastic and ruining leather. Plus, overexposure and cause paint to fade as well. Looking for a shaded spot may take a few extra minutes, but it is well worth it.
Instead of setting the A/C to full blast, one good tip is to toggle the A/C. You should always turn off the “recirculation” button (this button usually has a small car with arrows rotating inside), as this takes air from the cabin to reuse it. Normally, air on the inside of your car is warmer than the outside, so this simply makes cooling more difficult. Also, to save gas, try turning on the A/C only when you absolutely need it.
You should also use the bottom vents. One good technique is to open the windows and “push” the hot air out by blasting the floor vents with cool air. Though not necessarily efficient, this will cool your car quickly.
Finally, use a sun shade. These shiny reflectors keep the hot rays out. Premium UV shields can set you back hundreds of dollars, though sometimes all you need is a blanket or a piece of cardboard. If you are worried about appearance, then you may want to opt for a shade from your local auto parts store.