Beat the Valley Heat and Use Your Vehicle’s A/C Efficiently

Well if you hadn’t noticed, we are already reaching those temperatures above 110 degrees this summer. Also, to go along with it, prices at the pump are still well-over $3 a gallon. This means your air conditioner is most likely running non-stop in your vehicle. Your premier body shop in Scottsdale has a few helpful hints that can save you some money.

Did you know that your car’s A/C affects fuel usage? You can still save on gas if you follow these tips:

  • Roll down your windows either before you get in or as soon as you open your door to help that dreaded heat bubble escape your car.
  • Turn on your A/C and keep one window down to give your cooling system a helping hand.
  • When you feel it’s cooler in your car than it is outside, roll up your windows and let your A/C run until you feel comfortable. Then, switch your system to the “re-circulate” option, so your car only has to cool the previously chilled air and not the blistering air outside. Lower your fan speed as low as it can go so your car doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the cabin.
  • If you’ve got a newer car, make sure your air cabin filter doesn’t need to be changed.

If you have concerns regarding your vehicle’s A/C performance, contact Airpark Collision Center for an evaluation.

Tina Small has been part of the Airpark Collision Center team since 2006. Working directly with customers, her goal is to share frequent customer questions, and proper methods of collision repair.