Ever wondered what causes moisture in the car, especially early in the morning? Well, it's a common problem, which is often caused by condensation of warm air. The process of condensation in the car begins once warm air from a person's breath comes into contact with a cold surface, in most cases the windscreen of the vehicle. The warm air cools down and settles down on the car's interior parts of the car, like the carpet in form of moisture.
The presence of moisture in the car can result in a number of problems, key among them being a health-related issue. People with allergic conditions like Asthma are likely to experience discomfort in such conditions since moisture can cause constrictions of the nostrils. Moreover, moisture in the car can cause wearing out of the car’s interior structure due to rusting and dumping effect. Having determined what causes moisture in the car, and its adverse effects, it’s essential to identify ways to solve this problem.
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Ways of getting rid of moisture from the car
1. Remove the damp items from the car, and check the car filters
Damp items like wet clothes and towels are among the leading causes of moisture accumulating in the car. These items facilitate condensation since they contain water, which is heated up once the temperature in the car rises. As a result, water molecules are released, which then cools down once the temperatures go down, causing accumulation of moisture in the car. Filters are essential in eliminating excess moisture from the vehicle since they allow the hot air to escape into the atmosphere, carrying away the trapped moisture. If the car's filters don't work correctly, then this could also be an area of concern since they could either be allowing in moisture from the atmosphere, or they are unable to remove the moisture from the air, thus trapping it in the car. Also, defective filters may fail to trap the water molecules absorbed from the atmosphere, thus allowing it to accumulate in the car.
2. Use of a heater and demister
If you get to the car and find that it’s filled with moisture, you must get rid of it before driving to avoid discomfort. You can achieve this by setting the car’s blowers to full level, but maintaining a cold temperature level, and pointing make sure that you point them towards the car windscreen and windows to ensure that the moisture escapes. Alternatively, if you have an A/C, you can use it to ensure that the air inside the car is dry. The A/C machine works to remove the water molecules trapped in the air by heating up this air, thus eliminating the moisture from the car. Lastly, you can increase the temperatures of the vehicle to the extent that they remain clear.
3. Check for signs of dampness in the car
This is a preventive measure that aims at preventing the condensation process in the early stages. It is achieved by removing wet materials in the car, which facilitate the process of condensation. The car owner should regularly check for any leaks in the car by lifting the carpet to ensure that there are no possible leaks from the car's rear wheels. Another potential source of leaks is the car trunk. The presence of water in the car's boot indicates a possible leak in the vehicle. Therefore, it's essential to check for such leaks and cover them up to avoid accumulating moisture in the car.
4. Leave some of the windows open during sunny days
Leaving the windows ajar, especially when it’s sunny, is essential in eliminating the car's moisture during the winter. This helps to heat the moisture trapped in the vehicle and ensures that it circulates out of the car through the filters and the open windows. However, care should be taken by ensuring that you close these windows in the evening or once the sun disappears to avoid the accumulation of dew in the morning.
5. Use of an air conditioning machine
While most people argue that there is no need to use an A/C during winter, it's necessary to have an A/C during such weather conditions. The A/C should be regularly turned on even when the temperatures are standard to remove the trapped moisture from the car. It is also recommended that you use the air conditioning machine at least twice every fortnight during the winter. This will help maintain the car system and ensure that there are no cars' faults that could lead to leakages of gas. Using an air condition machine prevents the accumulation of moisture in the car and prevents the collection of unpleasant smell, especially in the summer.
6. Turning off the Recirculation Valve
The recirculation valve is an essential component of car accessories. It helps to recycle the air used in the car, thus preventing the entry of new air from the atmosphere. However, it's essential to turn off this valve when moisture accumulates in the car, to allow fresh dry air from the atmosphere to gain access into the car. All vehicles with air conditioning machines have this accessory, which is C-shaped. It is vital to turn it off once you notice that the inside the car is full of moisture because this is caused by faults in the valve that prevent proper recycling of air. Moreover, turning it off enables the escape of trapped fog after new dry air enters the car.
7. Proper cleaning of the interior parts of the car
Most people fail to properly clean the car's interior parts since they believe that these parts are clean, just from the look of their eyes. On the contrary, there could be trapped dust particles, which absorb moisture from the atmosphere. Once the humidity is absorbed, it undergoes condensation when the warm air released gains contact with the cold windshield glass of the car. As a result, moisture starts to accumulate in the vehicle, thus causing discomfort, without even noticing how this happened, yet the windows were closed.
8. Regular maintenance of the heater matrix
The heater matrix is a radiator that is usually placed below the dashboard of the vehicle. This object is used to heat up the air blown by the fan once switched on. It allows contains a valve that allows the air into the heater matrix for warming. If the heater matrix is faulty, there could be leakages in the car, since it has a coolant that helps cool the engine. A defective heater matrix allows the coolant to leak into the car, thus soaking the car's carpet. Therefore, it's essential to check this part regularly to ensure that the moisture doesn't accumulate in the car.
In conclusion, getting rid of moisture from the car is an easy process that helps maintain the vehicle's condition and the health of the car owner. The measures mentioned above are important in helping you get rid of moisture from your car. These measures have been tested and proven to be successful in helping most car owners to maintain their cars in the perfect condition for an extended period. Therefore, I believe that they will help most people if they adequately follow their description.