With summer fast approaching and the hope of warmer weather in sight, air conditioning systems in our cars are a much needed blessing but did you realise the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system all year round?

Some car owners hesitate to use their car’s air con in winter months as many don’t think they need it in cold conditions. The truth is, running your A/C in winter does not cause any harm to the heating or cooling system and there are many associated benefits.

To maintain optimal performance and ensure passenger comfort year-round, it is recommended to use the A/C and Climate Control systems regularly and manufacturers advise running the system briefly on a cold setting at least once a week if it’s not in constant use. Not done this? Don’t panic…read on for solutions and advice.

The benefits

Improves Air Quality
Air conditioning systems not only regulate temperature but also help filter out pollen, dust, and other pollutants. This leads to cleaner air inside your vehicle, which is particularly beneficial for drivers and passengers who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues. Air conditioning can help reduce humidity, which aids in preventing the growth of mould and bacteria.

Improved Safety
Using your air conditioning can also help with better safety on the road. You can avoid the drowsiness that comes with being too warm (just make sure to pull over and have a break if you feel drowsy). Having the air con on a cool setting will provide you with fresher, clean air that will keep you alert while driving.

Secondly, air con can reduce mist on the windscreen. If there is dampness or mist on your windscreen, then you need to de-mist it before you start driving. Using the air con is the most effective way of removing windscreen mist.

Maintains Your Car’s Value
In order to retain your vehicle’s value, it is important to ensure all parts are functioning properly and as efficiently as possible. Therefore, maintaining your car’s air conditioning system plays a critical role in preserving your car’s value.

The signs of a contaminated air conditioning system



Cabin/Pollen Filters

One of the most common causes of a bad smell from your air conditioning is cabin/pollen filters. These filters work to scrub the air of water, dirt, bacteria and other pollutants before entering into your air conditioning system. Over time, these filters begin to fill up with pollutants and need to be replaced. If the filter is not replaced at the appropriate service interval, it may lead to an unpleasant smell from your air conditioner every time you use it.

A Bacteria Build Up
Despite the best efforts of your air filters, dirt and bacteria can begin to build up inside of your vehicle’s air conditioning system over time. This build up causes an unpleasant and musty smell to circulate through your vehicle’s vents and into your car. This build up can also be caused by an extended period of inactivity by your vehicle’s air conditioning system, allowing a perfect environment for bacteria to breed.

The Solution

Here at Birway, we use a specially formulated treatment, from Forté that tackles air con smells in the car quickly and effectively.

Power-Clean AC Bacteria & Odour Remover 
The Power-Clean AC Bacteria & Odour Remover, is an all year-round, 15-minute service solution, to effectively clean and decontaminate the air conditioning system and interior surfaces, without the removal of parts or cabin filters.

  • The safest way to clean A/C systems without risk of damage to parts or internal surfaces
  • 15 minute application with no technician supervision required
  • No removal of parts or cabin filters is required
  • Effective on 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses and fungi found within A/C systems, including
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
  • Removes bacteria from interior surfaces of the vehicle
  • Removes bad odours
  • Leaves a pleasant, fresh aroma
  • The fine vapour can effectively gain 100% penetration of the A/C system getting to the source of the problem

For further information on maintaining your air conditioning system, please contact us here.