The car’s AC is an essential accessory that keeps you and your passengers safe and comfortable during the summer. And given that it is operated by the engine, it places an extra load on the unit when it’s running. As a result, it decreases your fuel economy and the money in your pocket.
But the question is, how much does it really affect your fuel mileage? There is no specific answer to this question as various factors are involved. The outside temperature will have an impact as will the make and model of your car, the engine’s size, the condition of your AC system and others. However, according to the US EPA, running the AC in extremely hot weather can lead to fuel consumption of up to 25 percent more, and this could be greater in an electric or hybrid vehicle.
How to Increase Fuel Economy
To save up on your fuel and cash, there are a number of things you can do.
- Use your windows at lower speeds and turn on the AC when you’re on the highway. While it is true that open windows increases drag, which also decreases fuel economy, the effect is not as great as running the air conditioner at lower speeds.
- Taking your car to a car workshop in Dubai on a regular basis for engine and AC maintenance is also a great way to enhance fuel economy. Through having constant oil changes and clean air filters, you can rest assured to enhance your fuel mileage. Moreover, ensure that your AC system comes with the right level of refrigerant.
- When parking, find some shade as your car will need less cooling from the AC start-up. If a shade area is not available, the use of window shades will help decrease your car’s heat intake. In addition, don’t use the AC upon starting your car. Instead, open the windows for the first few minutes and let the hot air escape.
- Experts at the car service center advise the use of the “re-circulating” function of the AC system. This method needs less energy as you are only cooling the air that is already in the car, and not bringing in warmer outside air to be cooled.
Read more: How Your AC Affects Your Car’s Fuel Consumption