20392266_sNow that spring is beginning to heat up maintaining your car’s air conditioning is more important than ever. There is nothing more uncomfortable than commuting to work or taking a road trip in a sweltering car because the air conditioning isn’t working.

Here are some ways to keep track of your air conditioning system and recognize the warning signs of a potential malfunction:

Run the air conditioner on a weekly basis for approximately 15 minutes. This ensure that the gas pressure is maintained and regulated, which will keep the compressor working properly. To do this, turn your car on and set the air conditioner to the coolest temperature and set the fan to the highest speed. This should be done during the afternoon when it is hottest outside so that you and your passengers are not uncomfortable from the cold air.

Run the defrost on a weekly basis for approximately 10 minutes. This will push out any excessive moisture in the vents, reducing the chances of mildew growth. Having too much moisture in your car and in the vents can lead to mildew and even mold growth. When you turn the air conditioner fan on, you could be blowing the mold spores around in your car putting you and your passengers at risk for respiratory inflammation.

Use your air conditioner during the cold weather. Not only does your air conditioner keep the car cabin cool during the hot weather, it also minimizes the level of moisture in your car. During the winter months your car is especially prone to high levels of moisture because it is cold outside and warm in the car. This is especially helpful if your windshield is “foggy” limiting your visibility.

Have your car’s air conditioner serviced annually. Visit your local auto repair garage to have your air conditioner serviced before the heat of the summer settles in. These maintenance points will help to ensure the longevity of your air conditioning system and the comfort of your road trips.

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