- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 8/19/2021
A study done by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that on a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can increase by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour, regardless of the ambient temperature. That might not be much of a problem during the winter months, but in summer it means your car can get uncomfortable awfully quick, especially if you don't have air conditioning. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can offset this. Here are five ways you can help keep your car cool during summer.
A fan is a great way to increase the airflow in your car and help you stay cool. Front seat models typically mount to the dashboard using adhesive pads. There are also a number of models designed for backseat passengers, which mount to the back of the driver's side headrest.
These fans can be either electric or solar powered. The electric models are typically powered by either your car's cigarette lighter or an internal rechargeable battery. Many times, a car fan will come with its own rechargeable batteries. If you need a replacement, Batteries Plus offers 18650 batteries and chargers from Nuon and UltraLast®.
Cooling seat covers work by circulating air flow throughout the surface of the cushion, absorbing body heat and putting a breathable layer between you and the seat. Most models attach to your car seat using straps and work by plugging into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. Some even double as a heated seat cushion for winter.
While the other products we've mentioned cool off your car once it's already gotten hot, a windshield screen helps to keep your car from heating up in the first place. Sun shades are usually made of an insulating material that reflects or absorbs sunlight. Afterwards, they can be folded up for easy storage. A sun shade is one of the most affordable ways to beat the heat, with many brands costing less than $20.
Much like the sun shades mentioned above, a steering wheel cover will help keep your steering wheel from absorbing excess heat. It can also protect your steering wheel from cracking and fading due to sun damage.
This one might seem obvious, but it can actually make a big difference in lowering the internal temperature of your car and protecting your car battery from the effects of heat damage.
Heat isn't just hard on drivers and passengers, it can also kill your battery. Excessive heat can cause the fluid inside your battery to evaporate and lead to corrosion of the battery's plates. If you live in an area prone to high heat, it's a good idea to have your battery checked regularly. Batteries Plus offers this service for free. Stop into your nearest store for some valuable peace of mind. Want to know more about this topic? Read our article about the Top 5 Car Battery Maintenance Tips For Summer Weather.