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air conditioner/heating

Discussion in 'Model S' started by kevincwelch, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Has anyone tested the AC, heater or blower while sitting in one of these betas? I love my Honda's AC and on some occasions, it is too cold. Same could be said for the heater.

    That's one thing (among many) I failed to investigate while at the store the last time.
     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    A heater that's too cold? ;)
     
  3. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    I suppose in a way... :smile:
     
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    they've been disabled/non-functional in the ones I've sat in (except for the fan).
     
  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I played with the a/c in Vin #29 silver Beta on Saturday and it was great.
     
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Great. The Roadster basically has not much in the AC department so will be a welcome change here in Texas. I think the Roadster will become my winter/convertible car (has the hard top on all the time now).
     
  7. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    On a related question for those of you who own Roadsters, when you turn the heat on (in winter), how quickly does it get warm? My thought is that it would get warm fairly quickly compared to an ICE vehicle.
     
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    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Yes, very quick. Almost no warm up time. The heat seaters also help.
     
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    The heat comes on very quickly; however, it's a bit wimpy for truly cold conditions. At -27C it never gets warm, but certainly takes the edge off.
     
  10. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Well their partnership with Toyota should help with that
     
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    45 seconds
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Does that mean windshield thermal cracking will be a problem in cold climates?
     
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    Nah. It's fast but not overwhelmingly powerful.
     
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    #14 NigelM, Jun 5, 2012
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    I put on the hard top last week - rainy season started on June 1st....raining now and it's already 83F at 10.00am. I'll leave it on till October; that's why I went with the Pano Roof on the S - there are days when I would love to have the top open in the summer, but certainly not worth the hassle on the Roadster.

    In 13 months of ownership, I've never used the heater on the Roadster. When I referred to the Model S a/c it should be noted I was testing how fast it cooled - it was almost instant, much faster than the Roadster, and the fans provided a nice steady movement of air with little noise.
     
  15. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Most likely not. Air to glass heat transfer is really bad. Even with really hot air and really cold glass you aren't going to run into a problem.
     
  16. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    You're a stronger person than I. I would probably shoot myself if I lived in an environment that did not require a heater at least for a few months out of the year.

    But, I will admit that it can be very trying in the dead of winter waiting for the heater to kick in. Glad to know that in the Model S it will likely be instant...heater and A/C.

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    I know someone who cracked his windshield that way, so it's not impossible.
     
  18. dsm363

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    I grew up in the Midwest and lived near Chicago for four years. You get used to winters no colder that 30-40 degrees pretty quickly.
     
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    A significant portion of the problem is overcoming the cold-soaked components (e.g. Ducts) ... Ive had the opportunity to go thru two winters - one without a garage and one with. When the car is 60F and I drive out into 0F weather, the heat is just enough to keep things comfy; the temp coming from the vents quickly gets hot. But when I STARTED at 0F the heat was awful. If I drove off immediately, it would be 10+ minutes before it started getting comfortable in the cabin. I usually per-warmed the car in those temps because the car heats up faster if it's not moving (no wind leaking in).
     

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