DRIVERS are warned that their air conditioning needs to be adjusted in a specific way to save fuel and avoid hefty fines.
Everything from setting your air conditioner to the right temperature, how long you should use it, and whether or not you should leave it on in the winter makes a difference.
Air conditioning experts Aircowell have some recommendations on how to get the most out of your car’s air conditioning system.
She recommends “not setting the air conditioner too cold and not directing the airflow directly at the head or neck, otherwise you could easily catch a cold.
“The ideal temperature is between 22 and 25 degrees.”
Before you head out on a hot day, however, Aircowell has another tip that means your system won’t be working as hard and will use less fuel in the process.
It said: “If you must get into the car on a hot summer’s day, it is best to open all doors and windows before driving so that the accumulated hot air can escape first.
“In order to then cool down the interior as quickly as possible, you should briefly switch to recirculation mode with maximum cooling capacity.”
How often you use your air conditioner throughout the year is also important.
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According to Aicowell: “Regular operation ensures its functionality and significantly increases its service life.
“If the air conditioning system is idle for too long, moving parts and seals can become porous, the risk of refrigerant loss increases and the oil in the compressor ages.
“This can lead to costly repairs and shorter maintenance intervals.”
But perhaps the most important reason to have air conditioning is to avoid massive fines as a result of an accident.
Rule 237 of the Highway Code states that you must keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
Failure to do so could result in an accident and a fine of up to £5,000.
Aircowell said: “Even 27 degrees Celsius in the vehicle interior increases the heart rate and body temperature and reduces concentration and reaction times.
“Studies show that an increase in temperature from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius increases the risk of accidents by around 20 percent.”
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