Why is air-con useful in the winter?

27th November 2013

As the cold and frosty months approach, motorists will be wanting to ensure their car is nice and warm before they climb inside.

While it might be tempting to turn the heating system up to its highest possible temperatures, drivers should not ignore their air conditioning this winter.

In the morning, you need to check that the windscreen and all windows are demisted before setting off on your journey. This is particularly important if you are in an area you don't know, or if the levels of outdoor light are low.

One way to achieve this is by giving a quick blast of your air conditioning. The air that is released is dry and dehumidified, as opposed to normal air from outside. This will help to de-mist your windscreen a lot quicker in winter, meaning you can get on the road in a shorter space of time.

While air conditioning is very useful for this reason, it is also important to keep it running during the winter so that it doesn't lose efficiency or become less powerful.

Using the system regularly will help to keep it charged and working to its optimum level. If it is left unused for six months, for example, the capacity could be reduced by as much as 30 per cent.

Because of this, more strain will be put on the engine in order to encourage the system to work at full strength, which will lead to a drain in fuel.

It can be very expensive to replace an air conditioning system, which is why it is vital they are well maintained and recharged. Motorists are recommended to turn it on for a couple of hours a week in order to avoid any future faults. Regular use will assist in preventing any oil seals drying out, which could lead to compressor failure or refrigerant loss.

Technicians at ATS Euromaster can conduct free air-con temperature checks to ensure the system is working perfectly in your car. If there isn't a problem, you will not be charged. However, if it does need a recharge, the experts will conduct the service while you wait.

Posted by Danielle Barge