Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in Summer

Summer is in full swing and Denver is quickly hitting those triple-digit days. Car owners have to find a way to help with how intensely hot cars can get. But we're here to help! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your car cooler and help alleviate the heat that is damaging your vehicle.

1. Shady Parking - Parking under a shaded area helps block the sunlight from getting into and trapped in your car. This will greatly reduce how frustratingly hot your interior will get as your car sits parked. A parking garage is a wonderful idea, but a nice tree canopy can do just as well.

2. Sunshades or Windshield Visors - We get it. We don’t all carry these shades around because some designs are worse than the summer heat we have to endure. We also get that parking in downtown Denver doesn’t always grant you the luxury of an affordable garage or beautiful trees to park under. Carrying around shades that fold up nicely to tuck away when not in use is a great way to also prevent as much sun exposure as possible. Providing shade from the sun is also an easy method to preserving the value of your car up by avoiding sun damage to your car's interior.

3. Keep Your Windows Cracked - While away, and when parked in a safe location, leaving your windows cracked just a small amount can help let out some of the heat that’s building up. But ONLY a small amount. Don’t leave your windows open enough to fit your arm through, just enough for a bit of ventilation.

4. Purchase a Small Solar-Powered Fan - Now this is a painlessly brilliant idea. By
getting a solar-powered fan, you can have a fan going in your car the entire time you’re away. Better yet, you’ll have an extra fan when you’re in the car, too! If you can manage to keep your windows cracked slightly and have a fan going, you’re providing great air circulation in your car, making a huge difference on the overall temperature.

5. Open your doors for a few minutes before getting in - Alright, so you forgot these tips, the inside of your car is ablaze at 140° and you’ve got to sit right in it. Open a couple doors of your car for a minute or two and let the heat out of the car. If you’re in a bit of a hurry, roll your windows down while you drive. It may not feel like it right away, but the temperature will drop quickly.

Though these tips will help you survive the heat waves of summer, please remember not to leave any valuables in these temperatures. This includes your pets and kids. According to the CDC, “When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172” and the first 15 minutes is when the temperature rises the quickest. So be careful, do what you can, and enjoy our sunny state without suffering from it.