Useful tip for your Houston Summer

Posted on: August 22, 2021
By: Christina Weise
Posted in: Press Releases

Most of us love living on the Texas Gulf Coast. We love being near so many beaches and outdoor adventures. But, one thing we don’t love is the sticky, extreme heat. Getting into your car at the end of the day can be brutal. But, here’s a hint too help you out this summer. 

Most all vehicles have a recirculation button with the AC controls in their cars. But many of us are unsure when and how to use it. The easy answer is to use the recirculation button in the summer and turn it off in the winter.

The recirculation button simply takes the air from inside the car and recirculates it in the cabin instead of pulling fresh air from outside. On days when it is miserably hot and humid, if you do not recirculate the cooler air in the cabin, then your AC system is pulling hot air from outside and trying to cool it. Using the recirculation feature will get your car cooler and will decrease the wear and tear on your AC system.

When your car has been baking in the intense sun, you should roll the windows down and let the hot air out before you get in the car, if possible. Then, when you start the car, turn the recirculation off for the first few minutes to get rid of the remaining hot air inside the car before turning the recirculation on.

Also, any time you are stuck in traffic at any time of year use the recirculation to reduce the wear on your air conditioning. Sitting in traffic, your air conditioning is pulling air from outside, including all the pollutants and carbon monoxide from all the other cars. Recirculating the air in your car can cut down on the pollutants entering your vehicle by 20% when stuck in traffic.

In cold weather, you should avoid using the recirculation button. Recirculating the air in winter traps humidity inside the car, causing foggy windows and mugginess. When the moisture freezes overnight, it can cause further issues. Pulling the fresh, cold air from outside through the car’s heater core will heat the air so it is nice and warm by the time it reaches the inside of the car.

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