How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer Heat
Summertime in Iowa is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather, but summer temperatures can also make your car uncomfortably hot. Whether you're running errands around town or embarking on a long road trip, keeping your car cool is essential for your comfort, safety and longevity of your vehicle. Here are some tips for keeping your car cool in the summer heat:
Park in the Shade
One of the most effective ways to keep your car cool in the summer heat is to park in the shade. Parking under a tree or in a garage will help block the sun's rays and keep the interior of your car cooler. It will also keep the paint of your car protected from damage. If you can't find shade, try to park your car with the windshield facing away from the sun.
Use a Sunshade
When shade isn’t available, use a sunshade in your windshield. Made of reflective material, It will help keep your car cooler and protect your dashboard and seats from the sun's harmful UV rays. Sun shades come in a variety of styles and sizes, so be sure to choose one that gives your windshield complete coverage.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed
It's tempting to roll down the windows and enjoy the summer breeze, but doing so can actually make your car hotter. When your windows are down, hot air can circulate into your car, making it feel like an oven. Keep your windows and doors closed and use your air conditioning system to keep the air inside your car cool and comfortable.
Use Your Air Conditioning System Effectively
Your car's air conditioning system is essential for keeping you cool in the summer heat. To use it effectively, follow these tips:
- Set your air conditioning to "recirculate" mode. This will keep the cool air inside your car and prevent hot air from entering
- When you first get in your car, roll down the windows for a minute to let the hot air escape. Then, set your temperature to the coolest setting possible until you reach your desired temperature
- Adjust the fan speed to a low or moderate setting to avoid excess energy use and strain on your engine in hot weather
- Regularly clean and/or replace your cabin air filter to ensure proper air flow and efficiency
Use a Cooling Seat Cushion
If your car doesn't have leather seats, consider using a cooling seat cushion. A cooling seat cushion will help keep you cool and comfortable during long drives. Some cushions use cooling material while others use a battery pack or plug into your cigarette lighter or USB port to offer fast, cool comfort.
Keeping your car cool in the summer heat is essential for your comfort and safety. By following these tips, you can enjoy a cool and comfortable ride all summer long.
When in the market for a used car, stop by Carousel Preowned. Carousel Preowned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA, is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa.