Vehicle air conditioning impacts fuel efficiency
(NC)—When it comes to controlling the costs associated with driving your vehicle, did you know that when in use, air conditioning systems consume significant amounts of fuel? It's a fact to keep in mind as the warmer seasons approach.
When the air conditioning is on, fuel consumption can actually increase by up to 20 per cent, according to Natural Resources Canada.
While consumption depends on the vehicle's interior size, outdoor temperature, and other operating conditions, if you drive a fuel-efficient automobile, the impact of air conditioning use is usually quite noticeable.
A few simple conservation measures can help drivers reduce fuel use:
• Turn off the air conditioning once the vehicle is cool.
• Use the re-circulation button. This requires less energy since the air conditioning system isn't cooling the warm air from outside.
• Let the air flow. Use ventilation on the highway; open your windows and sunroof while driving in the city.
• Adjust the thermostat settings to be comfortable, not cold.
• Park out of direct sunlight.
• When returning to a hot car, open the windows for a few minutes before turning on the air conditioning.
• Be a smart buyer. Look for an air conditioning system with an “econo” mode or smart controls.
More fuel consumption tips are available online at www.vehicles.gc.ca
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