Air conditioning was first fitted to a vehicle in 1933 and quickly made the transition from a "remarkable" new invention to a standard feature within modern vehicles.
Just about every modern car is now fitted with the technology when it rolls off the production line, enabling drivers and their passengers to stay cool on hot, summertime journeys, and removing moisture from vehicles during the winter.
Both functions are equally as important and as the weather begins to get colder and damper it is vital that motorists take the opportunity to get their air conditioning system checked by a trained professional.
The system can rapidly demist windscreens on cold, dark winter days by producing dry warm air, which ensures that those getting behind the wheel have maximum visibility during periods when conditions can be difficult to drive in.
Air conditioning systems can gradually lose some of their performance over time, which can have a negative impact on fuel usage and the overall environment of the inside of a vehicle.
Car manufacturers suggest that air conditioning systems should be recharged every two years to prevent them losing performance.
This can be carried out quickly and easily by a trained technician at a number of centres across the nation.
Modern systems are very complex and require regular and appropriate maintenance, but research has suggested that many drivers ignore their air conditioning systems and do not get them serviced as frequently as they should be.
As well as getting air conditioning systems checked and recharged by technicians it is possible for motorists to carry out easy maintenance to keep the system running as smoothly as possible.
Referring to the car's manual should be first step when looking to maintain air conditioning systems. Cleaning the filters in a vehicle is important. Drivers can remove the air filter, clean it with mild soap or replace it altogether if necessary.
Checking and maintaining seals is also a vital part of maintenance and any that are damaged should be replaced to limit the possibility of leaks.
Posted by Danielle Barge