GM Volt Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
302 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
This works pretty well for me. Where I work is about a half-hour drive from home. The office is generally cooler than home, sometimes by as much as 20 degrees (especially in the basement garage). When I leave work, if the car is comfortably cool, but I know it's going to get hotter on the way home, I'll set "Fan Only" and recirc. On recirc, the cabin is surprisingly air-tight, and the car does a pretty good job of keeping its cool despite the outside air hitting close to 90.

(apologies to those in other parts of the country who won't have to worry about A/C for several more months yet)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,439 Posts
Recirc works well. And if you turn on Eco mode, the car will hold the temperature with very little energy use, while also keeping humidity down (may not be an issue in SoCal).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,782 Posts
I turn recirc on to avoid pollution from coal-rollers. I don't worry much about saving each erg.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,661 Posts
It's still comfortably fall here in southern Illinois, so no need for AC or HEAT and GOM still at 68 miles.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,556 Posts
This works pretty well for me. Where I work is about a half-hour drive from home. The office is generally cooler than home, sometimes by as much as 20 degrees (especially in the basement garage). When I leave work, if the car is comfortably cool, but I know it's going to get hotter on the way home, I'll set "Fan Only" and recirc. On recirc, the cabin is surprisingly air-tight, and the car does a pretty good job of keeping its cool despite the outside air hitting close to 90.

(apologies to those in other parts of the country who won't have to worry about A/C for several more months yet)
You probably aren't saving very much even in fan only mode as if the temps are 90 degrees and if you put any significant load on the battery at all, the ac will turn on and cool the battery. With fan only, you will get some AC into the cabin, thus robbing AC from the battery, thus using a little more ac than if the fan was off. Keep the climate screen up on the center console, and you will see the AC on every now and then despite your fan only climate setting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
260 Posts
I have found that driving with windows down seems to use less energy than using just the fan with no AC. Judging from the impact on the MPGe reading on the screen, that is.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,782 Posts
I'm sure you encounter 'coal rollers' daily during your commute...
This is Texas. So, yes. Most of them are just old trucks though. Not intentionally modified.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top