How to use the car heater efficiently

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You should try not to raise the temperature too much and turn it off when the car is stationary for a long time

The cold and rainy days are here, and with them the discomfort and inconvenience of traveling by car. Given these weather conditions, it is essential to maintain a sufficient temperature and to have an air conditioning system in good working order, especially to perfectly demist the windows and thus
good visibility.

But a high temperature is not always the most recommended. The Directorate General of Transport (DGT) ensures that the ideal range is between 22 and 24 degrees, while for the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) it is recommended
set the temperature between 21 and 23 degrees. If the climate control is above or below these numbers, driver fatigue increases and reaction time decreases, increasing the risk of an accident on the road.

The heater works with the thermal energy generated by starting the vehicle’s engine, i.e. the system directly uses the heat generated by the engine. Normally it takes a few minutes for the air from the ventilation to reach a sufficient temperature, so if we turn on the heating as soon as we get into the car, only cold air from outside is moved inside. So you have to be patient and turn on the heating a few minutes after the start of our journey.

Similarly, they recall from doppo by Zurich that heating the car does not mean an increase in fuel consumption, unlike using air conditioning. Distributing the air from the heater to the feet is an efficient way to distribute the heat from the heater evenly, taking into account that hot air tends to rise. Connecting the air conditioning and heating at the same time proves to be inefficient, assumes a significant increase in fuel and can also cause a breakdown.

Although we can initially turn the heating up a bit, it is not recommended to exceed the heat in the vehicle as this promotes drowsiness.

We are not allowed to drive with gloves or jackets as it reduces our mobility and also the seat belt does not fit properly which proves to be very dangerous. We must not forget that excess heat in the vehicle causes an increase in pollutant emissions, which are harmful to the environment. And it is advisable to turn off the heating if we are going to stop the car for more than a minute. You should also check the battery and ignition systems to avoid poorly burned fuels that cause more pollution.

When the cold comes, it is also useful to check the exhaust pipe, catalytic converter and oil filter, which improves engine lubrication and reduces smoke emissions. Check the pressure and pattern of the tires, as their condition directly affects the overall consumption of the vehicle, and avoid transporting the car overloaded, which leads to an increase in consumption.

Source: La Verdad

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