Of all the times for your car’s air conditioning to go on the fritz, summer is the worst of the worst. Yet it seems as though summer is the most common time of the year for cars’ ACs to start acting up. Taking your vehicle in to a professional for diagnosis and repair takes time and money – time and money that you may not have. So here are a few simple hacks for handling the LA summer heat while you’re toughing it out until you can get your car the service it deserves.
- Roll Down the Windows
Our first tip is the simplest and probably the most obvious: If it’s a nice day, don’t hesitate to roll your windows down and enjoy the breeze. Driving with the windows rolled down isn’t just more cost-effective for driving around town, it circulates air throughout the car, making the interior (and you) cool. If you know you’re going to be driving during the hotter parts of the day, leave your windows cracked open just a bit. A half-inch gap will give hot air accumulating in your car somewhere to escape, meaning you won’t open the door and feel like you’re stepping into a sauna.
- Drink More, Eat Less
Staying hydrated is always a good tip, but it’s especially important during the hotter summer months. If you know you’re going to be driving in the heat, be sure to bring some cold beverages along for the ride. A bottle of ice water will help regulate your body temperature. If your commute is a long one, you might be tempted to buy (or bring) some snacks along for the ride, but be careful: Too many calories will raise your body temperature and might make it more difficult to cool off.
- Dress Lightly
If you’re commuting to or from work, you might be used to making the drive in your work uniform. But layers of clothing and thick fabrics will only trap heat, and if your commute is a long one, you may end up overheating because of it. If it’s at all possible, try to wear light colors and thin fabrics for your commute, and change into your work clothes afterwards. Not only will it keep you cool, but it will keep your clothes sweat-free.
- Cool Yourself Off
It might feel a bit silly if you’ve never done it before, but if your AC is out and the heat is really getting to you, then you should consider preparing ice packs or cold towels for your car rides. Placing a cold compress on the back of your neck or under your armpits will keep you feeling cool and comfortable during your commute. If you’re looking at a longer car ride, prepare a cooler full of ice and store some extra compresses in it.
- Check Your Refrigerant
Of course, if you’re familiar with cars and confident that you know what you’re doing, you can always try your hand at fixing your car’s air conditioning yourself. Before you throw in the towel, it’s smart to make sure your car isn’t just low on refrigerant. If it is, then fixing it might be as simple as Googling the steps. However, if your car has a leak or a more complicated problem, then it’s best to leave repairs to a professional.
If you’re looking for automobile service in the LA area, Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos has you covered. And hopefully these tip and tricks will help tide you over until your car’s AC is back in action.