Why you should use your Air Conditioning in Winter
Using your air conditioning in winter might seem like an odd thing to do but doing so can save you time and money in the long run.
Using air conditioning to save time in the morning
By using your heater and air conditioning together first thing in the morning, you will not only stay warm but also de-mist your windscreen faster. The misting of your windscreen is caused by water vapour. The hot air from the heater will dry the glass itself by the process of evaporation, however the air will then cool down and condense on to the windscreen once again - that's where the air conditioning comes in. Turning on your air conditioning pumps dry air in to the car, which helps with demisting by drawing the water vapour away from the windows.
If you find that your windscreen starts to get misty during your journey, having your air conditioning on periodically will help.
Using air conditioning to save money in the long run
Your air conditioning system is filled with moving parts, so leaving it unused for months on end is likely to cause problems. The last thing you want is a repair bill when summer comes around, when you will use more air con much more frequently.
The cooling fluid is a combination of oil and a refrigerant, which if allowed to run through the system will keep all parts well lubricated.
Using the air conditioning also gets rid of moisture that can build up around the air vent ducts. If left alone, this can cause bacteria and mould to build up which can result in a mildew-like odour.
How to look after your car's air conditioning
To keep your air conditioning running smoothly, we recommend recharging your system every two years as a loss of pressure will reduce efficiency. This in turn makes the engine work harder, which increases fuel consumption. Not only that, but when operating to its full potential, your air conditioning will demist your car windscreen faster.
We also recommend cleaning your system, not only of dirt and debris but of bacteria. Here at Formula One Autocentres we offer a service that circulates a special cleaner throughout the system, removing the bacteria and unpleasant smells created by your air con, leaving your car interior fresh and clean.
To ensure your air conditioning system is working efficiently, book an air conditioning service online or contact your local Formula One Autocentres branch. We offer an Air Con De-Mist service for £59 and an Air Con Clean for only £19 - or save money and book together for only £69. What's more, if your air conditioning isn't cooler after the De-Mist service, then it's free of charge!