Ownership How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater

16:54  03 january  2018
16:54  03 january  2018 Source:   Consumer Reports

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Winter is here, so it's time to understand how to maximize your car ' s heater to keep you comfortable and safe. “We breathe out water vapor, and that can cause window fogging,” Fisher says. “ The more people in the car , the worse it can get .”

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Winter is here, so it’s time to understand how to maximize your car’s heater to keep you and your passengers comfortable and safe.

Get the Car Moving

“Modern cars don't need much to warm up before taking off, but it does take a long time for cars to warm up if they're not moving,” says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “The sooner you move, the sooner the engine begins working, the sooner the engine starts creating heat that will warm the passengers.”

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If your car has automatic climate control, you can still set your system to the temperature you like, and the car will warm up just as quickly as if you crank the dial. It works just like the thermostat in your house: The system can sense the temperature of the air being blown into the cabin, and knows that once the air coming out is hot enough, it will increase the fan speed. Cranking the temp and fan to high only results in passengers being force-fed a lot of freezing-cold air.

Keep the A/C On

To most drivers, A/C means cold air. But really, that button on your dash controls the air-conditioning compressor, which performs a very important task when temperatures dip, namely dehumidifying the air. Shutting it off can cause the car's windows to fog up.

“Even if you want warm air from your system, turning the A/C on will cool the cabin air down to just above freezing before it is reheated,” Fisher says. “This removes moisture from the air, which otherwise would collect on cold glass, keeping you from being able to see out.”

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When the outside temperature dips below freezing, the A/C compressor will shut itself off even if the light stays on. Leave it on and forget about it. The A/C doesn't have to work very hard when the outside air is cool, so it doesn't put much of a strain on the engine or use much extra fuel.

Don't Use the Recirculation Mode

You want fresh air in the cabin to keep those windows clear.

“We breathe out water vapor, and that can cause window fogging,” Fisher says. “The more people in the car, the worse it can get.”

Crack a Window

If you are carrying several passengers, you may find it difficult to keep the windows from fogging. When passengers exhale, more water vapor is released in the cabin, and that can cling to the windows, fogging them up. Cracking a window slightly can help keep them clear.

Higher Fan Speeds Help the Backseat

Although the driver may be comfortable with the heater set only to a low fan speed, that may not keep the people in the back very warm. To help them, consider cranking up that fan, even if it means the driver will have to turn the temperature a little lower. That can help make sure everyone stays comfortable.

Keep It as Warm as You Like

Some people don't want to use the A/C a lot in the summer to save fuel (and by extension, money). The good news is, in the winter, the heat is free (unless you have an electric car).

“The heat is generated by the engine, and if you don't use it, it's just going to get dumped through the radiator,” Fisher says.

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Why Won’t My Ride Get Warm? .
Does your trusty ride seem to be taking, like, forever to heat up on cold days? Is it harder than usual to de-fog the windshield? Are you shivering aggressively through ever-greater portions of your wintertime commute? Pretty sure your ride just isn’t heating up like she used to? Well, it may not be – and you’re probably not alone. Below, we’ll look at a few reasons that your ride’s heater and defogger systems may be performing poorly, and a few mistakes you might be making that aren’t helping either. You think it’s silly to use A/C at 20 below Turn on your defogger, or set the climate control to Auto, if equipped, and sometimes, you see the air conditioner turn on, even in extreme cold. Stupid idea, turning on the A/C while you’re trying to warm up, right? Actually, no: your ride’s air conditioner cools air, but also dehumidifies it – which makes it a powerful tool when you need to de-fog your windows. Many cars automatically switch the A/C on to remove frost and fog-causing moisture from the cabin in extreme cold, and many owners turn it back off, not knowing any better. Leave the A/C on when it turns itself on in the winter, or turn it on manually when you’ve got frosty interior windows. You’ll have a clear outward view much faster than without it. You’re cranking the heat too soon When you turn on the heat in your ride, a variety of processes kick into place to transfer heat from the engine coolant into the cabin, warming those inside.

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