1. Blasting the A/C Immediately

A car left in the sun can reach 140 degrees inside, so jumping in and trying to cool down the cabin in a hurry is futile.

Instead, roll down the windows, open the moonroof, maybe even open the doors to let some of that heat escape before turning on the A/C. If you don’t have time for that, at least drive with the windows open for a bit. Also, try parking in the shade, use a windshield screen, park facing away from the sun, and leave a towel on leather or vinyl seating surfaces to keep from scorching the backs of your legs.

2. Pointing the Nozzles Incorrectly

While you’ll be tempted to point the vents straight at you, distributing the conditioned air evenly throughout the cabin will cool things down more efficiently 

3. Not Using the Recirculation Button

The little button on your dash that you’re not really sure what it does? That’s recirculation. As the A/C brings the cabin temp down, the recirc function will recirculate that same cooled air. If your car has automatic climate control, experts recommend using that, as it’ll adjust for multiple environmental factors for optimal effectiveness.

4. Neglecting Maintenance

Like getting the oil changed or rotating the tires, your climate control system requires regular upkeep, such as changing your cabin air filter, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer-prescribed schedules.

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