When your auto air isn’t cooling, it’s time to see the Madison auto care and auto a/c experts at one of Madison Auto Care’s seven convenient NAPA service centers.
Unlike some parts of the country, Madison can look forward to a pleasant weekend when it comes to the weather with lower temperatures and no rain in the forecast. But just because it’s cooled off some, don’t think it’s cool enough to leave a child or a pet locked in a car if you happen to go somewhere.
Canidae.com explains, “Heat and humidity affect our furry friends the same way it does us. Humidity accompanied by 90 degree or higher temperatures make us feel miserable. Even lower temps with humid air can be dangerous for pets trapped inside a car. It doesn’t take long for a vehicle to heat up, and cracking the windows open even on a mild day doesn’t really help. The hotter the temperature is inside a vehicle, the harder it is for a dog, or any pet, to stay cool when hot air is the only thing they have to breathe. That puts them at risk of heat stroke. A dog’s age and health can also be a factor in how well he handles extreme temps.
“When the outside temperature is 70 degrees, a car can heat up to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes, and to 104 in 30 minutes. At 80 degrees outside, you’re looking at 99 degrees inside a vehicle in 10 minutes and 114 in 30 minutes. At 95 degrees, it only takes 10 minutes to reach 114 degrees and the temperature soars to 129 degrees in 30 minutes.
“We wouldn’t want to stay in a vehicle and endure any of those temperatures for very long. Yet every year we read about pet owners who leave their dog alone in a vehicle while shopping, dining out, going to the movies or doing other things. This is putting their pet at risk. To understand the heat your pet experiences while waiting in the car, sit in it for 10 to 30 minutes with the windows cracked. Keep in mind, your dog is also wearing a fur coat.”
And don’t consider leaving the engine running with the auto air conditioner on. Again, Canidae.com explains, “Leaving the motor running is a bad idea, even if you’ve cracked a window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in winter or leave the air conditioning running in the summer. An unrestrained pet can accidentally put the car in gear, which is what happened recently in a Walmart parking lot in West Virginia. Another reason why it’s a bad idea to leave the car running is if the engine dies, the cool air or heat goes away.”
But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the condition of your auto air conditioner while you’re in the car and it’s moving. Both you and your passengers need to be comfortable, so it’s wise to keep an eye on your auto air to make sure it’s cooling your car as much as possible.
If your auto a/c isn’t working at peak performance and you’re looking for a Madison auto care technician to help, look no further than the Madison auto care specialists at any one of Madison Auto Care’s seven convenient NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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