Complete Vehicle Services Paraparaumu asks: Does Running Your Car’s Air Conditioning Affect Gas Mileage?
When it gets warm outside, your air conditioner becomes your best friend. This is most definitely true in your car, where temperatures can sky rocket to 4 degrees under direct sunlight. But most people these days are under the impression that the more you run your air conditioner the more fuel your car will guzzle. Now that fuel prices are higher than the cost to eat at McDonald’s, people are starting to take precautions and do what they can to help with their cars fuel economy. The assumption that running your air conditioner burns way more fuel is somewhat untrue. Leaving your air conditioner off makes barely any difference in the amount of petrol you burn. With the advent of modern, more fuel efficient cars, this myth is busted!
The air conditioner draws its power from the engine which uses some petrol, but with today’s cars, this use of fuel is minute. The air conditioner can decrease the fuel economy of your car up to 20% in some older vehicles built before 1985, but it depends on the type of vehicle. Driving with the air conditioner is more fuel efficient than driving with the windows down. Driving with the windows down creates drag which means that your engine has to work harder to keep your car at the current speed; this burns more fuel than if you just ran your air conditioner.
In the long run, using your air conditioner is far better than any other means of cooling yourself off in the car, unless you’re driving in dense traffic or are stuck in stop-and-go-traffic. When you’re stuck in traffic you aren’t going very fast so the drag on the car is minimal. In these cases, you burn more fuel running the air conditioner than having the windows down, which makes perfect sense.
To service your air conditioning making sure it is clean of bacteria and runs at its most efficient take it to Simon an CVS in Ihakara Street. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can technically and professionally check up on your vehicle’s safety and recommend and check the correct tire pressure for your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE