Defog Your Windshield Faster with Science! [VIDEO]
We've all been there: you finish scraping the ice of your windshield (sometimes with a credit card), hop in the car, and BAMN: your windshield is still frosty. You could wipe it off and have to put up with smear marks, or you could wait for the damn thing to defrost...which takes FOREVER.
Just put some science on that betch!
Mark Rober is a spaceship engineer. Yes, that's a real thing. I wish I was at that level of nerd.
Mark used his ultra-nerdiness to figure out the quickest way to defrost a windshield. If you can't watch the video above, here are his tips to evicting Jack Frost from your windshield.
- Turn your heater on (duh?) FULL BLAST. I've read somewhere on the internet that you shouldn't do that in extreme cold weather, but I'm just a radio guy. Mark's reasoning behind this is because hot air holds more moisture (Exhibit A: Florida).
- Turn on your A/C. "Air conditioning" involves pulling moisture out of the air. With the A/C on, it's pull the moist air over the cold coils.
- Turn off the inside air circulation. Winter air is cold air and doesn't hold much water.
- Finally, crack your windows a bit. Not too much (it's f#@king cold out!), but doing so will exchange dry air from outside (the cold air) with the humid air from your car (the air that's causing your windows to frost).
Some other "life hacks" offered by Robert (generous guy!) includes putting cat litter into a tied sock (don't need kitty litter getting into your vents) and placing it by the windshield. Cat litter absorbs moisture (in case I'm not being clear, you don't want moisture on your windows). Thinking about using anti-fog treatments? Shaving cream is cheaper and just as (if not more) effective.
So there you have it. No more excuses (yeah, right!). The most effective way to avoid fogged and frosty windows is to simply not have any, but that makes for a cold commute.
Stay warm, Loonatics!