In the winter, many drivers cease using their air conditioning until it is warmer. While this appears to be a good idea, we advise against breaking your car’s interior cooling system and utilizing it in spite of the cold weather. Why? Surprisingly, there are several reasons why you should use your air conditioner during the winter.
In this blog post we explain why you can use your car’s air con during the winter and why it’s a very good idea to do just that.
Your car’s air con isn’t just for hot weather
It can be used to quickly warm up your car, especially important if you have kids. Can you imagine taking the time to heat up the interior of your vehicle? You don’t want them wearing coats or snowsuits – after all it’s winter! Your air con will allow them to enter a nice and cozy environment without having to wait around for 15 minutes before they’re allowed inside.
Why You Should Use Your Car’s Air Con During Winter
There are several good reasons to use your car’s air con during winter.
Monitor air con health
Using air conditioning in winter is a good way to keep the system healthy. It circulates the refrigerant and oil, preventing any build-up that could lead to expensive repairs down the road.
The air con actually helps prevent frost from forming on your windshield. When you turn it on, the hot air melts any ice or snow that might be present and this prevents permanent damage to the glass as well as avoiding a dangerous situation for other drivers (such as fogged up windows).
Think about how much you’d spend on gas if your car was left to idle. Can you imagine leaving it running while waiting in the cold for kids? Unless you have a garage, this is an expensive way to heat up your vehicle!
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that more and more drivers are utilizing their air conditioning during the winter.
Monitor air con health
If you maintain your air conditioner system throughout the year, any changes in performance become easier to spot. You can catch problems with leaks or refrigerant levels before they become serious issues.
Air conditioning provides a much more comfortable environment for drivers than leaving the windows open or using the heater (which can dry out your eyes and nose).
An air conditioning system that is not used regularly may also be harder to repair, as the parts may have deteriorated over time (or solidified). Can you imagine having to replace your compressor because it seized up due to lack of use? Using the car’s ac during winter will prevent this from happening and prolong the life of your system.
Can you think of any other reasons why it’s important to use your car’s air con? If so, send us a message or post in the comments section below!