Check your car's heating before the cold sets in

November 29, 2012 12:00 AM

As drivers turn their attention to planning for the holiday season, having a reliable car becomes more important than ever. Most owners know to check air pressure in tires and fluid levels before the icy weather sets in, but sometimes one of the most important features of a vehicle gets overlooked - the heat.

Checking the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is essential for drivers who want to have a comfortable interior and a working defroster. By having regular scheduled maintenance, car owners can work toward preventing safety issues that could strike during winter.

"Having your car's HVAC system serviced regularly can help you save your money on more expensive repairs, and make winter driving a much more pleasant experience," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

While having auto air conditioning repair may not seem like a necessity during the colder months, it is part of the HVAC system and should be checked to ensure there are no overlying issues that may affect the heat or ventilation. According to Zig Wheels, drivers should run the air conditioning occasionally during the winter, as keeping it off completely reduces its effectiveness and leads to a buildup of bacteria. 

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