What is Air Conditioning?
Air conditioning like it says ‘conditions’ the air. It not only cools it down, but also reduces the moisture content, or humidity. All air conditioners work the same way whether they are installed in a building, or in a car.
Air conditioning’s main principles are Evaporation and Condensation, then Compression and Expansion.
Over 75% of vehicles are fitted with air conditioning and climate control systems as standard these days. Many of us are familiar with using air conditioning in our car on both hot and cold days, but not many people are aware that like other parts of your car, the air conditioning system also needs regular attention to make sure it is working efficiently.
Why should I get my Air Conditioning Serviced?
On occasion you may notice a stale smell when you turn on your vehicle’s Air Conditioning system. This is caused by condensation that forms around the chilling unit and over time micro-organisms such as mould, fungi and bacteria can develop and pass into the cabin as airborne spores causing odour and on occasion sore throats or an allergic reaction.
Also you may not be aware that over 10% of Air Conditioning gas permeates from the Air Conditioning system every year, which means that it may not work as well as it should. This is why car manufacturers recommend your Air Conditioning system is recharged with gas and lubricant at least every year. This service is not part of routine vehicle servicing, so if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it’s probably due a recharge.
How can Air Conditioning help in winter?
During the hotter summer months you will use the Air Conditioning system more to cool you down; however your system is also useful in winter. Air Conditioning systems create dry warm air rather than the normal humid air from outside and this de-mists your car windscreen more quickly.