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What temp do you set your heater to?

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#1 OFFLINE   machoman1337


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 01:16 AM

Autumn has arrived in British Columbia, and in the mornings it gets a little chilly.


I'm a cheap bastard who also hates having the ICE turn on unnecessarily, so I've adapted over time to keep setting my climate to whatever the lowest possible temperature is that also won't result in cold air coming out, while setting the fan speed to the minimum (1x). I'd actually turn off HVAC entirely if it didn't result in a stuffy car and the windshield fogging up (safety hazard). The temperature I set during the autumn and winter averages 17-20 Celsius which is 63 to 68 Fahrenheit. If a passenger complains, I tell him/her to suck it up :P After all, I'm wearing a thick jacket anyway and if the wheel is cold, that is what gloves are for!


I find that this helps me achieve fuel economy that is on par with or even better than what I get during the summer. I've seen others set the temperature to 22+ Celsius inside their cars during the winter which is a horrendous waste of gas, and in a hybrid, would result in the engine growling for the entire trip. 


And of course, if your body is cold the electronic seat heater is far more energy efficient than using HVAC. I haven't touched the driver's side seat heater even once since I bought the car though, as I have survived far colder winters in a car whose driver's side heater had SHORTED OUT (my old Fusion). 


Does anyone else follow a similar mindset (being stingy with heat) during the winter? It's a great way to maintain those 40mpg+ figures. I'm guessing that in extreme cold (i.e. east side USA) my strategy would be less effective, but it would probably still beat abusing the heater.

My precious: 2013 Fusion Hybrid SE Ice Storm - Luxury Package (Dune), Navigation, Tech Package, Active Park Assist, Moonroof (ugh), 18" premium painted luxury wheels. Built in July 2012, bought CPO (former demonstrator) in May 2014. 6.3L/100 km lifetime fuel economy


Current temporary ride: 2003 Lexus LS430 w/navigation and parking sensors. Bought in December 2002, selling when I graduate

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#2 OFFLINE   CCalvinN


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:23 AM

Let me first say that I will not sacrifice my comfort while driving for any mpg.


For 90% of my driving time I turn the HVAC into auto mode and let it decide how best to accomplish the temp I want.  In winter while wearing a thick coat and using the heated seats/steering wheel I keep the temp around 63 F and leave it on 'auto'.  That works particularly well after I've used the remote start to pre-heat the car.  I only bought the car in February of this year so I'm not sure how much that affected the mpg.  This is my first hybrid and I was still learning some tweaks to driving that would help with the mpg.  This coming winter season I'll see how my improved driving technique and this 'wasteful' HVAC setting combines for mpg.  I'll feel good if I end up in the mid 30s.  


#3 OFFLINE   mwr


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 12:07 AM

Let me first say that I will not sacrifice my comfort while driving for any mpg.

I agree with that part of your post but not the rest. I leave my temp on 72F, period. The gas mileager wil be what it weill be...


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