How To Prevent Car Windows Frosting
Posted on August 12, 2020
Despite all the advances in artificial intelligence, space travel, robotics, autonomous vehicles and much, much more, some relatively simple things are still a problem for many of us. One such problem is the frosting of vehicle windows, so let's have a look at the best ways to deal with and prevent car window frost.
Why does it happen?
We all know frost on the outside of a windshield is caused by rain, snow or condensation freezing in the cold, but frosting on the inside of the glass is caused by too much humidity inside the vehicle. When the temperature drops below freezing this humidity can eventually freeze on the inside as well, and this is an even bigger problem and delay to your journey than frozen windows on the outside.
You might wonder where the moisture comes from to cause humidity inside your car, but there can be a number of ways it gets in. One of the most obvious ways is it being carried in by you and your passengers on clothes and footwear when it's been raining or snowing. The moisture left behind can fill the air inside your vehicle's cabin, and when left unattended overnight, frost can start to form on the inside of the glass. However, if this isn't an occasional event and interior frosting is a consistent problem, it could be as a result of a leak. You could have a good look over the seals around your doors and windows, but a good car care and car maintenance regime and regular car servicing can prevent such a problem occurring in the first place.
Preventing frosting in the first place
They always say prevention is better than cure, and that's because it is. Getting rid of excessive humidity inside your car is the best way to prevent frosting. If you have the luxury of a secure garage for parking your vehicle overnight, a good way to prevent frosting is to leave a window slightly open so moisture can escape. If leaving a window open isn't an option there are some more radical options for absorbing excess moisture. Placing something absorbent inside the car such as rice or cat litter can reduce moisture, but a more convenient option to prevent frosting is to keep the glass clean to remove the microscopic dirt particles water tends to freeze around.
Removing internal frosting
The curvature of the glass is going to make removing internal frost difficult as it isn't designed to be conducive to scrapers, unlike the exterior. Using your car's defroster system is one way of removing the ice, but it's going to take a while. A heated cloth or some sort of hand warmer is a good way of removing the frost, but don't use anything that's wet as it will it will only make things worse in the long run. And just like on the outside, don't use anything that's too hot as it could cause the ice-cold glass to crack, and that's the last thing anyone wants to happen.
For more information and to get help with and interior leaks your vehicle has that could be causing excessive moisture inside your vehicle, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team here at Caledon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.