It’s safe to say that, for the average motorist, warming up one’s car before driving has become commonplace in colder climates. Some do this so as to have fully functional heating in the cold months (which makes sense), though some are under the impression that idling a car is important to have it function properly. Does whether or not you heat up a car truly impact it’s performance, though? It does, but not as much as you’d think. Odds are, what you’re doing now is just wasting fuel.
To Warm Up Your Car or Not
The general consensus among auto experts is that even a minute of warming up a car is too long, while 30 seconds seems to be the sweet spot. Even then, unless you’re going from 0 to 50 miles per hour within ten seconds of driving, you’re likely not going to notice a huge difference in your car’s performance even after a 30 second warm up. If you’re still dead set on a warm up; however, stick with 30 seconds; anything more is simply a waste of fuel.
A Better Alternative
A better way to get your car’s juices flowing, according to experts, is to just drive it. Being that you’ll likely be doing some light driving right after starting it anyways (unless you’ve stalled on the freeway), your car will be just fine by the time you find yourself in a situation where higher speeds are necessary. So in other words, drive safely and don’t accelerate faster than what’s necessary right after starting your car (or at all, for that matter) and you’ll be just fine.
For decades purists have debated over the question of whether to keep your computer on at night or whether to turn it off. Both factions believe that doing so can help increase the life of your computer. But is it true that turning off your computer rather than keeping it on affects computer life?
Surprisingly, both factions are somewhat right in their own quest for a better PC life. Shutting your computer to log off has its advantages. Whether you are running a Mac operating system, Windows operating system or Linux operating system – you save electricity, you avoid the problem of your computer overheating and you help in maintaining the most important part of the computer – the hard drive. Even though the new age solid state drives are much more rugged and efficient, they’re at the constant risk of conking off at any moment. So, if you keep your computer on all the time, make sure you take constant backups. Some argue in favor of rebooting. When a PC starts to boot, the operating system starts afresh and remains free of excess processes running in the background – but it also takes up a chunk of battery life in the restarting phase.
While one school of thought believes that rebooting is valuable, the other school of thought firmly believes that keeping your computer on consistently has its own advantages. Computer access can be gained instantly, you can make updates to your computer and download stacks of information while you sleep, and most importantly you avoid the power loss during shut down.
For the best of both worlds, the different operating systems offer users the options of ‘hibernate’ or ‘sleep’ on their computers – rather than downright shutting down or staying on. Although this may take up some battery life, it won’t be as much as the electricity consumed by keeping it constantly on. You also ensure that your computer parts remain cool and are still ready to perform immediately at your behest.