How to get your air-con working correctly, from SEAT
by Helen Jackson |
posted 10 July 2018
As the summer heatwave continues, are you using your air-con effectively? SEAT shares common mistakes drivers make when it comes to using their air-con.
With outside temperatures soaring above 30°C in the UK recently, drivers could be at risk of dehydration. A difference of just 10°C, that is 35°C compared to 25°C inside the cabin can diminish reaction times by 20% – the equivalent to a blood alcohol reading of 0.05%!
To help reduce cabin temperatures before setting off and while on the move, the Spanish car manufacturer has published the most common air conditioning mistakes that drivers make. These include turning on the air conditioning full blast as soon as you get in the car.
When entering a hot car, it’s tempting to turn the air-con on to maximum. However, doing that straight away without opening the windows will just recirculate the hot air. Instead, open the doors, lower the windows for a minute or two before shutting the doors and cranking up the A/C.
Another very important point is not performing regular maintenance. Just like the oil, tyres or brake fluid, the air conditioning system requires maintenance. Failing to change clogged cabin air filters every 10,000 to 15,000 miles can stop your A/C working effectively.
Engineers at SEAT spend three years developing each model’s cooling system. This time is used to study the geometry of the ducts and vents in 3D, with virtual simulations performed to predict how the air will flow inside the car.
Ángel Suárez, an engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre, advises:
“Open the doors and lower the windows for a minute before turning on the air conditioning to naturally lower the temperature in the interior.”
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