Stepping into a hot car is probably the last thing you want to do on a hot summer day.
But in this day and age, you may be afraid to leave your windows cracked or rolled down.
That's where the Auto Cool comes in.
It's a solar powered device that is supposed to keep your car cool.
But could it stand the "heat" of our As Seen on TV test?
It was about 90 degrees out -- a perfectly sweltering July day -- when I tested the Auto Cool. We placed a large thermometer inside a car in the heat of the day, and it was already up to 110 degrees.
I put the Auto Cool inside to see if we could cool the air a bit.
Here's how the Auto Cool works:
There's a solar panel on the unit that, when activated by the sun, starts a fan that circulates the air in your vehicle.
In theory, it should keep the air cooler than it otherwise would be.
Here's how you install it:
The Auto Cool has a slot where your window slides in. You're supposed to have this thing facing the sun so it activates the fan inside.
You also get some weather stripping to make sure there's a perfect seal along the glass or the window you put it in. Normally, I would put this in a back window so I wouldn't have to do this every time I got in or out of the car, but for the purposes of this report, we're doing it this way.
It's almost an air-tight seal, and the fan is spinning. I'll be interested to see in about an hour or so if the temperature goes down from 110 and, if so, enough to make a difference.
What this device is supposed to do is pull the hot air out of the vehicle and pull in the cooler air outside. Granted, it's 90 degrees outside, but that's certainly a lot cooler than 110.
After about an hour of letting the Auto Cool run in the vehicle, I decided to check on it. The temperature outside dropped a couple of degrees by that point. It was close to 90 when I put the Auto Cool in, and an hour later it was about 86.
The temperature was about 110 when we originally got in this vehicle about an hour ago. We put the Auto Cool in -- I can still hear it operating -- and now the temperature is up to 115 degrees.
So based on this experiment, I would have to say the Auto Cool is not cool and gets the thumbs down.
With shipping and handling, the Auto Cool costs about $16.
If you think you would still like to try the Auto Cool, you can purchase the device at Carol Wright Gifts.