If you live in a climate that’s hot year-round, or you’re looking for creative ways to keep your car cool in the summer months, then you might want to continue reading. Although everyone knows to park in the shade and avoid direct sunlight from heating up the dash, some people don’t think to use a windshield cover or towels to keep the interior of their cars at a comfortable temperature.
Putting a silver windshield cover in the interior of your car can help protect your upholstery, leather seats and dash. A windshield cover can also help prevent heat from accumulating in the cabin and people from seeing into your car. Also, if you travel with a laptop and keep it in the passenger seat, it will also be kept cool by adding a windshield cover.
Windshield covers work by reflecting the sun’s punishing UV rays away from your vehicle. In the hotter summer months, adding a windshield cover (a.k.a., sun shade) can reduce the temperature in the cabin by as much as forty degrees. This makes for a more comfortable ride and protects your investment. A windshield cover is a very affordable accessory that can protect your dash and upholstery while keeping everyone comfortable and happy.
Park in the Shade or Garage
Ideally, you would park your car in the shade, especially if you don’t have the benefit of a windshield cover. In cases where you can’t find an open, shaded space, park your car in a garage. Although a garage can still be a little toasty, it protects your car from the sun’s rays and should still be a cooler option. Since heat rises, look to park your car in an underground parking garage. That said, almost any garage beats having your car buffeted by UV rays all day. Especially if you have a darker toned car, realize that heat can definitely accumulate and make the ride more unpleasant than it needs to be.
Crack Down Your Windows
A lot of heat buildup in parked cars is attributable to poor ventilation. Make sure that your windows are cracked slightly to allow good circulation and prevent heat buildup in the summer months. Just cracking your window down the length of a playing card would be enough to get the air flowing and prevent stepping into a sauna after your day out. On a similar note, you could place a solar or battery-powered fan in your car to get even more circulation going. The fan will not only create more circulation, but it will also shift any heat out the crack that you’ve just made in the window to prevent heat buildup.
Consider Adding Window Tint
Window tint can be added to your vehicle to reduce UV exposure and even prevent thefts. Another main reason people add window tint aftermarket to their vehicles is to control the amount of heat that gets let into their vehicles. Adding window tint can result in over two-thirds less solar energy seeping into your car and making the ride unpleasant. Window tint also has the side benefit of reducing your dependence on the car’s air conditioning, which saves you money and helps protect the planet.
Blanket Your Seats
If you’re concerned about your leather seats or upholstery cracking due to exposure to the sun’s rays, then consider simply placing a lightly colored towel over your seats. Towels are obviously very easy to throw back on the floor, trunk or in your vehicle’s cargo area when you’re done using them.