Beyond Cooling? The Unexpected Advantages of AC in Vehicles
Think about the last time you were on a bus, train, or plane. How comfortable was the temperature? Were you too hot or too cold? For many of us, the temperature is a key factor in how enjoyable our transportation experience is. That’s why air conditioning is such an important part of transportation.
Let’s take a closer look at why AC is so important in keeping us comfortable while we’re on the go.
The Effects of Heat on the Body
We all know that feeling of getting into a car that’s been sitting in the sun all day long. The first thing we do is crank up the AC to try and cool down as quickly as possible. That’s because heat can have some pretty negative effects on our bodies. When our body temperature rises, we start to sweat. Sweating helps to cool us down, but it also causes us to lose water and electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause dizziness, headaches, and fatigue—none of which are conducive to a pleasant journey.
In extreme cases, heat stroke can occur. Heat stroke occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature and starts to overheat. Symptoms include headache, confusion, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and seizure. If left untreated, heat stroke can be fatal. That’s why it’s so important to keep cool when spending extended periods in hot environments—like a car or plane—during the summer months.
The Benefits of Air Conditioning in Transportation
Air conditioning not only helps to keep us cool and comfortable while we’re travelling, but it can also help to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue. When we’re too hot, our focus and concentration levels start to decline, making it more difficult to pay attention to the task at hand—driving. In fact, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on highways across North America.
Aside from those, there are several more benefits that AC can give us when we’re travelling, both as drivers and passengers. Here are some of them:
Improves Air Quality by Filtering Out Pollutants
Air conditioners play an important role in filtering out pollutants while travelling. By circulating and recirculating the air inside a vehicle, AC units can help to remove harmful particulates from the air. This can improve the quality of the air inside a vehicle, and it can also help to reduce the amount of pollutants that are emitted from a vehicle.
AC units can also help to reduce the amount of condensation that builds up on windows and other surfaces. This can reduce the risk of mould and mildew growth, and it can also help to keep surfaces clean and free of dirt and dust.
Reduces Noise Levels
Any experienced driver knows that engine noise can be a real drag on a road trip. Not only is it annoying, but it can also be fatiguing after a few hours. One way drivers can address this is by having an AC running in the vehicle. Air conditioners are not just for keeping cool in the summer months but can also be noise regulators.
AC systems work by absorbing vibrations from the engine and converting them into heat energy. This not only reduces noise levels but also helps to improve fuel efficiency. By circulating air through the vehicle, AC can help to cancel out unwanted noise, making it easier to focus on the road ahead. On top of that, AC can help to reduce outside noise levels by sealing off the vehicle from the outside world.
By turning on the AC and setting it to recirculate mode, the compressor will help to cancel out some of the noise from outside. And to complement that, closing the windows will further reduce the amount of noise that enters the vehicle. As a result, AC can be an effective way to reduce noise levels and create a more peaceful environment while travelling.
Reduces Vehicle Heat Stress
Every driver knows that a hot engine is a stressed engine, and that can lead to all sorts of problems down the road. So, how can you keep your engine cool while you’re on the road? One way is to use an AC system.
When a vehicle’s engine produces heat, it can cause the engine to break down over time. This is why many carmakers recommend using air conditioning (AC) while driving, as AC can help to reduce the amount of heat stress on the engine. By circulating cool air through the engine compartment, AC can help to reduce heat stress and prevent damage. AC can also help to improve fuel efficiency by reducing engine workload. By keeping the engine cooler, AC can help to extend its lifespan.
But What About Bigger Forms of Transportation?
Anyone who’s ever been on a long bus ride in the middle of summer knows how important air conditioning can be. To answer this, some companies took the answer to the obvious which is AC. However, in bigger forms of transportation like buses, there’s room to answer this issue better. As it turns out, split system AC is a possible answer. But is split system air conditioning, which is more common in homes and businesses, feasible in transportation?
As its main advantage, split-system air conditioners are more energy-efficient and quieter than conventional air conditioners. But there are a few challenges that need to be considered when determining if split system air conditioning is right for transportation applications.
Firstly, split system air conditioners require more space than conventional units. This means that they might not be practical for smaller vehicles. Secondly, split system air conditioners need to be installed by a qualified technician. This adds to the cost of installation and maintenance.
That said, there are some transportation applications where split system air conditioning would be ideal. For example, luxury bus charters have plenty of space for installation and those whose owners are willing to pay for the higher initial cost and maintenance requirements.
All in all, air conditioning can be an effective way to reduce noise levels and create a more peaceful environment while travelling. It can also help to reduce outside noise levels by sealing off the vehicle from the outside world. AC can also help to improve fuel efficiency by reducing engine workload. By keeping the engine cooler, AC can help to extend its lifespan. And in addressing bigger cooling problems, split system air conditioners may contain the answer but not without its possible challenges.