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In today’s blog we’re going to look at what exactly is climate control, its benefits and key differences from traditional air conditioning.
The key to what climate control is is in the name - climate. An easy way to describe climate is to use the context of the weather - a climate is the average state of weather conditions which includes the temperature, this is different to the weather which is the state of the climate at that time. Climate control is to be able to control the climate inside of a vehicle at all times as opposed to at any one time.
A car with climate control has the ability to keep the temperature inside of a car at a constant without the intervention of the driver through the use of air conditioning.
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Vehicles with climate control will have a dial to set the desired temperature inside the cabin. The vehicle is also fitted with several sensors to able to detect the current temperature. Using a simple computer the climate control device will then automatically cool the air and speed/slow down the fans, adjust the circulation settings to get the temperature to the desired setting and then stay on to maintain that temperature.
If you’ve got something like Hive at home to manage your home’s temperature then climate control works just the same way.
Some vehicles will also have multi-zone climate control which enables different areas of the vehicle to have different temperatures set. This means that your front passenger can sit in 18 degrees, the driver at 20 and the rear passengers at another temperature.
A lot of owners of vehicles with climate control in the office and customers we’ve spoken to have said that they set the temperature on climate control once and then never change it again. Once you’ve found the perfect temperature for you there really is no need to make a change. You’ll never feel cold and you’ll never feel warm - you’ll feel ‘just right’.
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The key difference between air conditioning and climate control is the temperature setting. With air conditioning, the operator sets the temperature of the air that gets blown out and that’s it. This means that to get the temperature to be exactly what you want you’ll need to constantly adjust it accordingly. Even if the temperature is set other factors can affect the actual temperature of the cabin such as the outside temperature, number of occupants, speed of the car, how the air is circulated and how much sunshine is coming into the cabin.
Despite the above drawbacks, it is certainly better to have air conditioning than not when it comes to interior comfort, especially in the summer. Many people associate air conditioning and climate control with hot weather but they are both equally as handy to warm up the car as it is to cool it down.
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