What Your Car Needs Installed This Summer
Summer is finally here. It’s time to relax, unwind, explore, but overall, have a great time! There are many things in life that are important for enjoying your summer including friends, family, sunny weather, places to go, holidays, ice cream, barbecues and more! Everyone has their own certain things that make summer great for them. In the summer there are also other things that are needed to ensure you can do the things that you want to do and go to the places that you want to go to. One of the most important things that you need in the summer to do what you want to do and to go to where you want to go to, is a car. How stuck would you be without a car? Even if it’s not you who owns the car, it’s incredibly handy being able to freely travel from place to place to make the most out of your summer.
As beneficial as having a car in the summer is, there still are some negatives due to the extra heat. In the summer, a car can become extremely hot and uncomfortable, especially if the car is a dark colour, filled with passengers or has leather seats. A car in the summer can essentially become an oven. To cool down the car, there are only two true solutions; opening your windows or air conditioning. Opening your windows will cool down the car, but can also be extremely irritating for passengers and be distracting for the driver, notably when driving at speed. This is why it is so important to have working air conditioning in your car during the summer. Air conditioning in your car allows you to be cool during car journeys without being irritated by open windows. It also ensures more safety as the driver will be less likely to be distracted.
Many modern cars have a fully functioning air conditioning system installed already, however, many car owners with faulty air conditioning or no air conditioning avoid having their air conditioning repaired or a new air conditioning system installed. This is usually due to not having the time or not wanting to spend additional money on their car. By doing this, they are lowering their driving experience and safety on the road. AP Autocare believes that all cars in the summer must have working air conditioning in their car. In this, we have provided you with everything that you need to know about car air conditioning, so you know the importance of having it in your car this summer.
How does air conditioning in my car work?
A common misconception of car air conditioning is that it creates cold air. This is not the case. What a car air conditioning system actually does is take the heat and moisture out of the air that already is inside your car. Inside the air conditioning system is a compressor which contains a refrigerant. The refrigerant gas in your air conditioning requires refilling regularly. When the air conditioning system is switched on, the refrigerant gas travels to a condenser. Fresh air from outside your car passes over the condenser and the temperature of the gas drops quickly and causes the refrigerant to liquefy. Now it is in a liquid form, a drier removes impurities before reaching a thermal expansion valve, which is what allows the driver to control the temperature in the car by limiting the liquid flow. When the temperature is chosen and the system is turned on, the liquid is turned in to vapour as it travels through evaporation coils and then blown into the cabin as cold air, meanwhile, the refrigerant back in gas form returns to the compressor to start the process again.
What are the benefits of air conditioning in my car?
A cooler, safer and more comfortable driving experience
In your car, having air conditioning can reduce the temperature of your car without the need of opening windows. Opening windows in your car is an efficent way of cooling your car when driving slowly, however as previously mentioned, having your windows down whilst driving at speed can be extremely distracting, which can potentially put you at risk on the road. Besides that, what will feel like gale force winds from having your windows down can prevent you from properly hearing your passengers, the radio or your sat nav, meaning you could end up taking the wrong turning or miss important information.
Many accidents on the road are caused by overtiredness. Air conditioning in your car will provide you with cleaner, fresher air, which helps to prevent drowsiness whilst you’re at the wheel, making you remain fresh and alert.
Traffic will become less frustrating
On a hot day, traffic jams are painful scenarios, especially without working air conditioning and impatient passengers. This can cause you and your passengers extreme discomfort, sweating, irritability, impatientness and exhaust fumes slipping in through the open window. With air conditioning, these issues can become a distant memory. Although traffic jams are still frustrating, they will be more bearable with working air conditioning.
It is vital that you are able to fully see through your windscreen whilst driving. A layer of mist on your windscreen is going to seriously impair what you can see whilst driving. An air conditioning system in your car can evaporate any moisture far quicker then it takes for your screen heater to warm up. This is particularly beneficial during the winter and is one of the benefits of air-conditioning in the winter.