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How to Cool Down Your Car During The Summer Heat

Car parked in the hot sun.

In certain parts of the country, summer can be the most brutal season of the year. The scorching temperatures, high humidity and blinding sun make it difficult to keep your car cool. Many people have to park their cars outside in the hot sun, so leaving work at the end of the day means singed fingers and profuse sweating until the interior cools down. The following tips and tricks will explore how to cool down your car during those hot summer months.

Car Covers and Leaving the Window CrackedCar temperature

A car cover is one of the best ways to lessen the severity of heat inside your car while it sits out all day. Not just any car cover will do, though. If you want to protect your paint and avoid scratches when the winds pick up, go with an indoor cover rather than an outdoor one. Indoor covers can still be used outside; the difference only lies in the materials. Indoor covers have a softer inside and will lessen the chance of scratches; however, the exterior of your car needs to be clean to use one. Covering a dirty car is never recommended.

Leaving the window cracked may seem like an obvious tip, but it is still important to remember in order to prevent hot air from being trapped in your vehicle all day. Keeping the window open even a small amount will allow for the interior to breathe, and can help reduce the temperature upon reentering the vehicle.

Parking Under Tress

Parking your car in a shady spot is one of the easiest ways to keep the temperature in your car cool throughout the day. Parking under a tree is an easy and cost-effective way to prevent your car from rising to scorching temperatures; just make sure the tree you’re parking under isn’t going to drop sap all over the paint! Having to clay and wax the paint to remove all the sappy contaminants will surely cost you more time and effort later.

Solar-Powered Fan

Using a solar-powered fan is a less costly and time-consuming way to keep the inside of your car cool than purchasing and using a car cover. There are a number of choices out there, but most operate the same way: energy from the sun powers the fan, and it spits out hot air while bringing in fresh air all day long.

These are just a few helpful tips on how to cool down your car during hot summer months. Ultimately, a mix of all three will be your best bet, and will help you to make those uncomfortably hot commutes a thing of the past.

Check out all the heating & cooling parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on keeping your car cool, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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