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Vent Those Toxins!

Written by Dave McCracken; July 2, 2010 Share

For most people during the heat of summer, air conditioning is one of those creature comforts that are in high demand. To achieve the quickest results when it comes to operating your automotive air conditioning system, there are a couple basic principles we need to consider. First would be to understand the functionality of air conditioning is to remove heat and humidity, not to produce cold air. With that in mind, the inside temperature of a vehicle is substantially higher than the outside temperature after sitting in the sun for extended periods of time. So based on those facts it would stand true to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning the hot air needs to be vented by opening the windows prior to turning on the A/C.

There is yet another underlying reason for venting as much of the hot air from your vehicle prior to operating the air conditioning system which holds the potential of impacting our health. The concern was brought to my attention via a forwarded email from one of our customers, a highly respected individual in the medical field. The topic of the email specified the potential health hazard with respect to automotive air conditioning. The body of the email discusses the toxic chemicals that are released from automotive materials when superheated. After researching the topic further, it was apparent that this was a very important topic to share with our readers.

Many components residing in the interior of your vehicle contain toxic chemicals such as Benzene, which is a known carcinogen that causes cancer, birth defects, kidney and liver damage to name a few. Seat cushions, armrests, dashboards, carpeting, insulation materials, wiring and many more items, when super heated by the rays of the sun and the added effects of UV rays will release those toxic chemicals into the confined air inside your vehicle. When you enter your vehicle, you are subjected to high concentrations of these toxins. It has been estimated that the level of these carcinogens are as much as 40 times higher than the level considered acceptable by the Federal Government.

There are several ways to help reduce or minimize these effects such as leaving the windows partially open, using sun shields on the windows or parking the vehicle out of direct sunlight. Even when utilizing those measures, it would be advisable to vent the air from your vehicle prior to turning on the air conditioning and avoid breathing in potentially high levels of these toxins.

Stay cool while breathing healthier air.