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    Question Air con - yes or no?

    What's best at this time of year please lads, the air con switched on or off? I've got climate control on mine but have the air con switched on too but is that really the right thing to do, i really don't know. Also is it best to have the 'auto' button on or off? What's the advantages/disadvantages with it on or off? Thanks.

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    Leave it on all year round, clears misty windscreens quicker and helps keep the air con working OK.

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    I've got ECC and I leave it on all the time - summer or winter - that's the beauty of it. In summer it'll cool the car to the set temp and in winter it'll heat it to the set temp and demist the windows as well.

    All the Auto does is the car then decides how/where to direct the flow of air i.e. screen, front vents etc. and it will do that according to different things it senses. I simply leave my ECC on all the time and set on Auto and it works just dandy. I can't think when I've ever needed to set any of the air flows manually. The only other button I use is the 'defrost' one on the top right where it basically whacks the heat and fans to full to demist the window ASAP.

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    Thanks Duncan, that's me now sorted mate, appreciate your help as always.

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    No probs.

    One thing you may have noticed about the ECC in winter that's nice is that if it's cold outside and the engine is still cold then it won't run the fans at a fast speed and blast you with cold air, but as soon as the engine starts to warm up the fan speed gets increased gradually to get the interior up to temp ASAP. Not rocket science but just a nice touch.

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    Air-Con on all year round?

    No wonder petrol prices are not dropping much cos your keeping them in business!


    Snowman, you got your ears on?

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    I'd agree with Duncan ... I also have ECC and leave mine on pretty much all the time for the reasons he gave but something else to note is that the compressor switches itself off when the outside temp drops below a certain value (2 degrees C I think but could be wrong) so when it's very cold the windows won't demist as quickly as they would otherwise with AC on.

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    Duncan - ECC on all the time on AUTO, do you leave it on AC or Eco mode??

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    On AC. ECO means the compressor isn't running so won't be cooling, or conditioning the air so in summer it won't be cooling and in winter it won't be demisting if you have it on ECO.

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    Cheers for that Duncan - I leave mine on AC - I wondered what ECO did.
    Nice to have the AUTO - no messing with vents and speeds and things ---Cheers

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