The cold days of winter are approaching fast. For many drivers, this means turning off the air-conditioning in their car for the next 6 months. However, most experts agree that running the air-conditioning in your car during the colder months prolongs the life of your vehicle, and can prevent issues from happening when the weather turns warm again.
For tips on prolonging the life of your vehicle by running the A/C in your car during winter, read on!
Your A/C system: Use it or lose it
Your car’s A/C system is made with parts that are meant to move. The system is full of refrigerant and oils that need to be circulated to keep the moving parts lubricated. If you don’t use it for a few months, the lubricant can’t reach these parts leading to leaky seals and costly repairs. Running your air conditioner every few weeks for about 10 min on full-cold is enough to keep it in good condition. This allows the coolant to circulate through the system and keep the rubber seals and pipe work lubricated.
Using the air conditioning removes moisture from the air, which is particularly good in the winter months. It helps keep your windshield and windows clear of steam and frost. It also dries the air preventing mold and bacteria from growing in the air vents.
Use your heat and A/C at the same time
If you are concerned with freezing to death by performing this routine maintenance to your car, you can turn on the A/C and your heater at the same time. This allows the parts of your cooling system to move and run, lubricating the system while drying out the air. This will help keep you comfortable by blowing warm air into your car. This is a great preventative measure to extend the life of your vehicle.