If you drive around a lot and/or if you live where the heat and humidity frequently soar, you know how important it is to keep your car's air conditioning system running smoothly. You certainly don't want to arrive at a business appointment after sitting in a hot car for an hour. Fortunately, there are a number of easy things you can do to help insure that your AC system will keep you comfortable through the heat of the summer.

Tips for keeping your car's AC system in good working order

1. Run your AC regularly. Turning your AC system on at least once a week for about 10 minutes will help keep consistent pressure on the condenser and help it to be ready to work when you need it. Turn the fan on high at the coolest setting when you run it. Keep in mind that your car's AC system is not just useful in the summer months. Running your AC system in the winter will help to remove humidity and condensation from the windows. Running your AC system regularly also helps prevent mold and mildew from forming inside the tubes that lead to and from the system.

2. Don't ignore regular maintenance. Like your home's air conditioning system, your car's system needs to be serviced periodically to keep it running smoothly. Most manufacturers recommend having your AC system serviced once a year before the hot weather season begins. During this maintenance appointment, the technician will check the coolant level, clean the system, change the filter and check for any potential problems.

3. Defrost after use. Running your car's defroster after running the air conditioning system for an extended period of time will help to get rid of the condensation that can get left behind in the core of the system, resulting in a cleaner, healthier and more efficient system.

4. Park in the shade. Keeping your car out of the direct sun will not only help to prevent the finish from fading, but will keep your air conditioning system from having to work so hard to reduce the interior temperature. This not only saves energy, but saves wear and tear on your AC system's condenser.

No one wants to have his or her car's cooling system fizzle in the heat of the summer. Help insure that your system will stand up to the heat by making sure to operate the system for at least 10 minutes a week, regardless of the weather; keeping up with regular maintenance; defrosting after every use; and parking in the shade when you can. To learn more, contact a company like Modern Auto Air.