Awe, those hot summer months. There are a lot of things to love about summer – getting into a hot car isn’t one of them. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in a parked car can quickly rise from 80 degrees to over 90 in just minutes, reaching 123 degrees in an hour. The National Weather Service found that the inside of a vehicle can get up to 200 degrees. So how do you keep your car cool and avoid that blast of hot air when you open the door? Here are a few things to consider.
1. Block Car Windows from the Sun to Keep Your Car Cool
There are many ways to block car windows from the sun. Some of the most effective ways are covered parking, sun shades or window tinting. Obviously, finding a free covered parking place is the cheapest way to go, but using a window visor or sunshades (front and back for the best results) is a great way to go too. Window tinting will cost you, but may be worth the investment.
2. Cracked Windows and Use a Solar Powered Fan
Keeping your windows cracked and using a solar powered fan makes a great combination when it comes to keeping a car cool. Using a solar-powered fan will create constant circulation, pushing hot air out through the cracked windows. If you’re concerned about theft, consider another option. Having your windows cracked makes it easier for thieves to break into your car.
3. Cover the Dash and Steering Wheel
An upholstered or fabric dash cover can go a long way towards keeping your car cool and protecting the heat-sensitive vinyl. Cover the steering wheel with a small towel as well. You won’t feel as overcome by the heat if you don’t need to deal with hot vinyl surfaces.
4. Your Car Seats
If you don’t have cloth seats, vinyl or leather seats are not just uncomfortable during hot weather, they can even cause burns. If your vehicle has leather or vinyl seats, use cloth seat covers or cover them with towels (beach towels aren’t just for sunbathing). There are even gel pads or covers available that will keep the seats cool.
5. Keep Heat Sensitive Items Out of the Sun
I still remember, back in the days of cassette tapes, returning to the car during the summer to find them melted and shriveled up from the Arizona heat. So, I can tell you from experience that it’s important to keep any delicate, heat-sensitive items out of the reach of direct sunlight. This may not help keep your car cool, but it will save you money and time.
6. Air Conditioning
If your car’s air conditioning isn’t working correctly or you’re not using it efficiently, it will take longer for your car to reach the desired temperature. According to Consumer Reports, turning the air conditioning on at full blast when you start driving will maximize your car’s cooling ability. Lowering your vehicle’s back windows for a few seconds can help as well.
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