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How can I stay cool in my car without AC?

Question

My car is ancient and has no AC. It gets scorching hot during the summer because I have to park it outdoors. Sometimes it is so hot I can’t use it to buy groceries. Any tips on how to cool down an old car without AC?

Our answer

Staying cool in a hot car without AC can be challenging. Consider implementing some tips and tricks to reduce the heat in your vehicle, such as parking in the shade and going grocery shopping early in the morning or late at night. For more suggestions, please view the following articles:

There are several products you might want to consider that are designed to reduce the heat in your car:

  • 2Pcs Car Window Shade by Wopus (at Amazon Canada) is a dark cloth that glides onto your rear windows to block out sunlight and reduce the heat in your car. The benefit of these shades over suction cup shades is you can easily roll your windows down and let a breeze in. The product costs around $10 (CDN) for a pack of two. 
  • Car Windshield Sunshades Cover made of aluminum foil features anti-UV protection and sunlight reflection to keep the temperature inside your car low. The product costs around $18 to $25 (CDN) and is available in several stores such as WalmartCanadian Tire, and Home Depot
  • AutoTrend 12V Suction Fan can suction onto your dashboard and plug into your cigarette lighter to offer better car circulation. The fan works for cars ranging in age from a ’54 Bel-Air to newer vehicles with cigarette lighters. The product costs around $25 (CDN).
  • Car Cooling Air Fan 12V – Rear Seat by ZoneTech (at Amazon Canada) can help increase your car’s air circulation and ventilation. If you have the fans facing the rear of your vehicle while having the backseat windows open, the fans can help push out the heat from the front of the car. The fans work for cars ranging in age from a ’54 Bel-Air to newer vehicles with cigarette lighters. The product costs around $40 (CDN).

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