It is officially summer time. And for most of us across the country, it means we are officially in the middle of a massive heat wave. For many people air-conditioning in their homes and offices can offer them a temporary break from the heat. But those same people feel the heat in their cars that have been sitting outside all day. For many the solution to this situation is to blast the air-conditioning while they are in their car. But running the air-conditioning in your car on full blast can, in many cases, cause your car to run inefficiently. But dont worry; we have some tips on how you can keep your car cool during the summer months without having to use air-conditioning.
Park in the Shade
Parking your car outside all day is when the majority of the heat you feel while driving your car will enter it. Keeping your car exposed to direct sunlight allows heat to enter your car and stay there. The best way to keep your cool during the day is to keep your car out of direct sunlight.
In order to do this, you must find a shady, cool spot to keep your car while it is not in use. The most obvious place to keep your car would be in a personal garage or a public parking garage. Garages keep your car in the shade and provide parking places that are generally cooler, temperature-wise. If you do not have a garage, or your place of work does not have a garage or is not in close proximity to a parking garage, then try to park your car in the shade of tall tree or building. Trees and tall buildings create natural shade and a perfect place to keep your car cool during the day.
By keeping your car shaded you will be able to avoid letting direct sunlight into your car, thus reducing the temperature of your car while you are not driving it. This will also leave the car cooler when it is in use, eliminating the need for air-conditioning.
Create Your Own Shade
If you are unable to keep your car in a shaded place while it is not in use, there are ways to bring the shade to your car. Products like sun shades for front and rear windows do a good job of keeping a lot of sunlight and heat out of your car during the day. By placing these sun shades in the windshield and rear windows of your car, you will be able to block sunlight from entering your car, as the front and rear windows are the largest areas where sunlight and heat enter your car.
But sunshades are not enough to keep your car cool during the day. You should also get shades for your individual windows. These shades work effectively like shades do on windows found in a home. By attaching the shades to your front, passenger side, and rear windows you can keep the sunlight out of your car during the day.
Using sun shades and window shades during the day will help keep the sunlight out of your car, effectively bringing the shade to you. By using these handy tools together you will be able to keep the temperature of your car down during the day when it is not being used, thus creating a cooler car while it is in use and eliminating the need to use the air-conditioner.
Roll the Windows Down
A simple, yet effective, measure that many people tend to forget when trying to keep their cars cool is to roll the windows down. By keeping the windows down while the car is in and out of use, you will be able to better control the temperature of your car without using the air-conditioner.
When the car is not in use keep your windows cracked open. In doing so you will be able to allow air to flow through the car, thus creating an environment where cool air can be blown into your car while hot air, that may be stagnant in your car, is blown out. It is important to remember to not keep your windows open too widely. When leaving your car, make sure that the windows are open, but not enough for someone to reach an arm through and open your car illegally.
The most effective way to keep your car cool while it is in use is to keep the windows down. By keeping the windows down while you are driving your car, you create a natural fan that cools down your car without the use of air-conditioning.
Keeping your car cool without using air-conditioning will not only keep you cool while driving your car, but it will also help your car perform better. And by making sure that your car performs better you will be able to ensure that you arent stranded on the side of the road, next to your broken down car, in this sweltering heat.