Carmakers altering HVAC systems to meet new requirements

January 2, 2014 12:00 AM

One of the most essential - yet often overlooked - aspects of a vehicle is its HVAC system. Responsible for the heating, cooling and ventilation of a car, this setup plays an important role in keeping the automobile comfortable for drivers while also avoiding problems like overheating. Although not much about these systems has been altered in the past few years, that could change in the very near future. 

According to AutoBlog, many automakers are rushing to update their HVAC systems - specifically, the type of coolant they are using. A new kind known as 1234yf is quickly becoming the hottest option, as it is more environmentally friendly than its counterparts on the market. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive to use, and it would require that brands and auto repair franchises update their equipment. Because of the many benefits of the coolant, along with the EPA credits that go along with its use, manufacturers are making the change anyway. 

In the meantime, drivers should not underestimate the importance of a properly functioning HVAC system. While having necessary car air conditioning repair may not seem as essential in the winter months, there are many moving parts to the controls that need to be monitored at all times of the year. Cooling system service is also important, as a vehicle often works hard to battle snow, rough road conditions and demanding drivers, leaving the engine at risk of being overheated and overworked. 

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