Drivers are being advised to use a little-known button in their car that can reduce fuel consumption as the cost of a liter of petrol and diesel continues to skyrocket.
According to experts, the use of this button not only saves fuel, but also makes those traveling in the car more comfortable.
People may not know this, but running the air conditioning system in your car uses power from the engine, which in turn burns gasoline and diesel.
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For those whose vehicles have an internal combustion engine, this leads to the use of much more fuel on their typical trip.
The process in which your car takes in outside air and then heats or cools it before pumping it into the car is what consumes most gasoline and diesel.
However, there is an alternative process that you can activate that allows the car’s air conditioning system to use the air inside the car.
If on, the air recirculation button allows the air conditioner to use air from inside the car by drawing it in through the vents.
The button, which has a picture of a car with an arrow inside it, is usually found around the air conditioning dial that allows the driver to set the internal temperature.
Using the button will help reduce fuel consumption as it puts less pressure on the car’s engine.
The principle is the same for electric cars, as the air conditioning will put less pressure on the battery.
Kwik Fit’s Bradley Jando said: “The compressor requires power to run your vehicle’s air conditioning system and therefore will use a small amount of fuel when the system is running.
“It could increase fuel use by up to 10 percent, and the effects are particularly noticeable on short trips.
“When you first start up, the air conditioner has to work hard to bring the internal temperature down to a comfortable level.”
Despite the reduction in fuel consumption, the RAC adds: “Don’t use your air conditioning unless you really have to, as it uses engine power and therefore increases fuel consumption.
“This applies to both heat and cooling, so try to dress for the weather, even inside your car, if fuel efficiency is a big concern.”
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