Yes! First and foremost your vehicle’s air conditioning system is operated by the engine. This means that anytime you run your car’s AC you are placing additional strain on the engine making it work harder, and you guessed it burns more fuel! While many different factors can play a role in how much your AC affects your vehicle’s overall fuel mileage, hot weather & high temperatures are definitely one of the most influencing factors. This means that those of us that live in states like Arizona, Texas, and even parts of California experience higher temperatures, putting more pressure & work on our car’s AC all while greatly decreasing our overall fuel economy. And with the cost of ever-rising gas prices, higher fuel consumption can tweak havoc on our wallets.
Utilizing your vehicle’s AC in very hot weather/high temperatures can increase your car’s fuel consumption by up to 25% – The United States Environmental Protection Agency
Factors That Effect Vehicle Fuel Economy
- Outside Temperatures
- Size Of Your Vehicle’s Engine
- Make/Model Of Vehicle
- Condition Of AC System (Regular AC Maintenance)
So, what are some of the things that you can do to help maintain fuel economy, auto AC effectiveness & performance all while staying as cool as possible in these sweltering summer temperatures!?
AC Maintenance & Function:
Ensuring your vehicle’s AC system is in proper working order, is regularly maintained, and has the right levels of refrigerant can go a long way in helping to maximize fuel economy and AC efficiency. Scheduling an AC System EVAC & Recharge is a great way to make sure that all of your AC’s parts are in proper working order.
What is an AC EVAC & Recharge service? It is when a professional auto mechanic connects your car’s AC to a special machine that vacuums out any old AC refrigerant and oil and then refills it to proper levels with new refrigerant. During this process, an AC inspection is usually done to ensure that any potential issues or repairs are spotted before they become a bigger problem & cost!
Engine Maintenance & Function:
Maintaining your vehicle’s engine by making sure to have regular oil changes, fluid flushes, and any issues or auto repairs addressed can also greatly help to maximize fuel economy, AC efficiency, and overall vehicle performance, especially during the summer months here in AZ. Regular oil changes may seem like they might be ok to skip but remember your vehicle’s engine and its many components need clean oil-free of dirt, debris, and built-up engine grime to lubricate parts efficiently to ensure optimal performance.
AC EVAC & Recharge. Oil Change. Fluid Flush.
In the end, the desert heat and high temperatures make it impossible to survive the summer months without the use of your car’s AC system. But inflated gas prices and the cost of living make it even more necessary to conserve fuel and finances as much as possible. Making sure that your vehicle is prepared to take on the summer heat & temps can make all the difference. It is highly suggested that you schedule an AC EVAC & Recharge service with a trusted auto mechanic. And while you are at it, make sure to stay up to date on any oil change needed fluid flushes, or other vehicle maintenance & repairs.