Optimal Heating and Cooling for your Car: Prestige Service Advice

On January 13th, 2016 / By

Optimal Heating and Cooling for your Car

Optimal Heating and Cooling for your Car: Prestige Service Advice

I know what you’re thinking: “The optimal heating and cooling for my car is whatever damn temperature in which I feel most comfortable!”

To a certain extent, yes, you are correct: the temperatures for optimal heating and cooling for your car are those in which you feel most comfortable. And with dual, tri, or quad climate-control in most Audi or Porsche vehicles, each individual passenger can now tailor their seating area to the most ideal and specific temperature setting.

Having said that, though, there are some heating and cooling tips for your car that will help you improve the quality and efficiency of its internal temperature. While you can, no doubt, find some particular information in the owner’s manual of your car, I’ve tracked down some advice from the internet that’s intended for your benefit. It is as follows:

First, remember that warm air rises and cold air sinks. That means in most cases you’ll want to use the floor vents for the heat. In the warm weather you should use the panel vents for the A/C, and you should adjust them to aim slightly upward. That way the air will circulate better and cool the passenger compartment more quickly.

Once the temperature in the passenger compartment becomes comfortable, don’t shut the system off because you’ll only have to turn it back in a few minutes. Instead, adjust the temperature slightly and lower the fan speed. That’ll keep it comfortable inside.

To defrost or defog your windows in the winter, the defroster is a good choice. Consider that windows can become fogged on damp summer days, too. On those days, switch to the A/C, set to normal. The A/C system dries the air coming in, it and will circulate it better than the defroster.

Don’t switch to the maximum setting on the A/C to defog your windows. That setting re-circulates the air in the passenger compartment so cool, dry air may not reach all the way to the windows. The normal setting works better. On really hot days, you may want to use the max A/C setting. On most cars max A/C shuts off any coolant flow through the heater core and recycles the air in the passenger compartment instead of trying to cool and dehumidify the outside air. However, don’t leave it on max too long. Eventually, the air inside will become stuffy and can affect your concentration. Once the system has taken the edge off the heat, switch to normal.

As you can tell from the above copy, achieving the optimal heating and cooling of your car is not, necessarily, as simple as setting your climate control to the temperature and level you desire. Adhering to the above techniques and strategies will save you money by reducing the amount of energy you expend, in addition to helping the environment by reducing unnecessary pollutants. Following these guidelines really is a win-win situation, so to speak.

If you’re having trouble with the optimal heating and cooling for your car (or, simply, want to speak more with someone about the climate control system in your Audi or Porsche), please call the Parts & Service Department at Prestige Imports at (833) 825-5423 to schedule an appointment. Once you do, bring your car to our dealership, which is located at 9201 West Colfax Avenue between Wadsworth and Kipling.

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