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Old 18th December 2007, 08:29   #31
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Thanks for all your inputs. I will atleast set the dealer right so that they wont misguide their customers regarding the A/C blower speeds.

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As it was pointed out, Blower is an electrical load which is going to run on the battery.
The moment you are discharging the battery, the Alternator kicks in. The more you are discharging the battery, the longer the Alternator would run and hence lower the FE. Blower Speeds do matter.
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Hi,
Does the same logic of A/c blower speed applies also in the condition when only heater is on ?
Whats the effect of A/c verses Heater on the FE ?
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Old 19th December 2007, 11:06   #34
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I feel using the heater should not affect the FE as the heat is derived from the engine heat which anyway goes as a waste. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 19th December 2007, 12:06   #35
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Yes the car heater very much uses engine heat (in most cars) , thus when a engine is cold it takes some time for the hot air to come.

Few cars also come with coil based heaters. I remember my cousin who had fitted an after-market coil based heater in his Maruti 800 as in Amritsar the temp reaches 0 degrees or below and by the time the engine heated up they were already frozen.
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The manual also says to set the airflow knob to let outside air flow instead of recycling air when the a/c is on. Does this also have any efffect on the FE?

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Old 19th December 2007, 13:37   #37
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Yes. FE will be affected. This has been discussed before. The A/C unit will consume more fuel to cool the hot outside air when the A/C is kep it in fresh air mode. If the A/C is kept in recirculation mode, load on the compressor is less as the inside air is already cool. So better FE.
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Old 19th December 2007, 14:07   #38
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As it was pointed out, Blower is an electrical load which is going to run on the battery.
The moment you are discharging the battery, the Alternator kicks in. The more you are discharging the battery, the longer the Alternator would run and hence lower the FE. Blower Speeds do matter.
DVSWIFT ---> I beg to differ that using just the blower will have an effect on the FE. In such a case the FE will be reduced if you are playing the ICE. Of course it depends on the type of ICE, but a regular HU & 4 speakers would not make such a great impact on the battery consumption.
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Old 21st February 2008, 01:32   #39
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well there this little OT i think, had to mention this, i one happened to notice during my trip to goa in my sweet beast the same red accent viva crdi, we had a thermocol box with ice in it and lots of redbulls and colas, the ice stayed more solid than becoming water for the whole trip back which we made in 1 day, and the boot too was so cool and chilled that all our luggage was chilled too!

man damn came to me as a surprise, as i never expected this, i guess this the benefit of the car being a hatch back! and never did i even once feel the car lacked the power to pull even with the a/c running in full blast all the time till it fell dark and a little cooler outside!, and let me tell you there were 5 of us and the boot was jam packed too!

the car happened to pleasantly surprise me! kudos to crdi!

oah yes forgot to mention, the FE was 14kmpl with the speeds toughing even 160 and a consistant 100-140 depending on the roads, it was the express highway where i got to floor the beast and even with this kind of load the car pulled effortlessly and that kind of FE man am i happy you ask? i was thrilled to be surprised!
damn should write up my long term report too soon!

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I don't think these are classified as rear A.C. vents, because they don't blow air. I am not aware of the situation in other cars in this range. I had always assumed that the recirculating air to the blower suction will be drawn from both the front and back sides of the car in order to have good circulation for all passengers.
There is no duct work in the Santro to provide airflow to the rear. I think they are just superficial arrows shown in the picture. In such cars, the vents above the center console are supposed to provide airflow to the rear seats.

The suction path (when in recirculation), is located below the dash. The backside of the car has only a body relief valve to regulate the positive air pressure inside the cabin w.r.t the atmosphere.
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i think there is bit of relation between effect on F.E and the blower speed. The compressor is connected to the thermostat of the cooling coil. The cool air passes throught the thermostat and whenever the thermostat reaches at certain temperature it will trigger the compressor to cut off, hence no load on the engine of A/C and more F.E.

If the blower speed is always kept at no 2 position, this will allow efficient cooling of air and hence also of the thermostat which will trigger off the compressor.

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Question Effect of AC blower speed on fuel consumption.

Sorry if a similar topic already exists. I searched but could not fine any.

The thing i wanted to know is if any of the gurus here can tell me if keeping the blower speed at 2 will give different fuel consumption figures than keeping
the blower speed at full.

conditions:
1. ac running for same duration.
2. same no of kms driven.

the question suonds stupid but always wanted to know i guess

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What about cars with automatic climate control? Will higher temp eg 20 give better mileage than 18 degrees?
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What about cars with automatic climate control? Will higher temp eg 20 give better mileage than 18 degrees?
Logically, I think so as the compressor will work less harder at 20 vis a vis at 18.
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Logically, I think so as the compressor will work less harder at 20 vis a vis at 18.
I checked this today in my friend's Swift ZXi which has the climate control system. We sat in the car and revved the engine to 2000 rpm and the cut out was longer (approx 2 mins) when the climate control was set at 21 deg than when it was set at the minimum of 18.5 deg (42 secs).

Bear in mind that this was done at 1.30 pm in the afternoon with an ambient temperature of 28 deg and the car parked under the blazing sun.
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