If you’re anything like me, you love the spring! As the daffodils and tulips poke up from the ground and birds return with their cheerful songs, there’s a bright and happy feeling in the air. But that warmer air can easily make us think the dangers of winter weather are over, allowing us to let our guards down a bit. But just like when the temperatures are colder outside our vehicles than inside, the reverse situation can cause your car’s windows to fog up.
Understanding Foggy Windows
When the air outside your vehicle is warm and humid, you turn on the AC. If you’re lucky, it works! You feel relieved. That is, until the outside air hits your windshield, which has also been affected by the cooler air from your AC. The outside air then reaches the dew point, causing condensation; in other words, it turns to water vapor on the surface of your window’s exterior. (When temperatures are lower outside than inside your vehicle, the opposite effect is caused; the condensation or “fog” forms on the inside of your window, instead.)
Clearing Foggy Windows
As condensation forms on your car windows’ exteriors, you have to change the dynamic. Of course, you can’t alter the outdoor temperature and moisture level, so you’ll have to change the interior air. You’ll have to basically increase the interior temperature and decrease the moisture level.
In a pinch, you can turn on your windshield wipers. This will provide only a temporary fix, though. You’ll still want to make sure your vehicle’s recirculation is off, so your car is taking in “fresh” air from the outside, rather than recirculating interior air. Then turn your AC to a warmer setting (least cool, that is) or even turn it off completely.
Noticing & Preventing Foggy Windows
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether your windows are actually foggy or if they’re simply dirty. You can prevent that kind of confusion by making sure your vehicle’s windows are crystal clean! By doing so, not only will you be able to see clearly as you drive, avoiding potential hazards, but you’ll also be quite certain when fog has formed on your windows.
Cleaning your car’s windows doesn’t have to be expensive or labor-intensive. Just make sure to follow these simple tips:
1. Choose a time and place where your car’s windows won’t be in direct sunlight.
2. Use a different manner on the inside, as opposed to the outside, so you can easily identify and correct any streaks.
3. Use a paper towel or lint-free cloth to avoid leaving any fuzzy residue.
4. Clean your windows at least as often as you have to fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
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