Car airconditioning

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    Im taking a survery as to how many of you all use your car airconditioning in hot weather and whom among you does not.


    Im curious because I see many people with new nice cars, BMWs, Lexus, Mercedes, etc and in the middle of the day when it's 95 degrees they have the windows down...

    Is there a trick to staying cool that way that I am unaware of???
     
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    :laugh: They probably :smoke: and have the air conditioning on full blast too!
     
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    OOOOHHHhhhhhh
     
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    Of course, I'm just guessing! :laugh:
     
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    I'd say it's a good guess.

    Smokers don't need to keep their windows down all the way. It's actually better if you just leave it open a crack. It's a physics thing. I have no idea why it works that way, but smoke gets sucked out a window quicker if it's only open a little bit than if you open it all the way.

    But smoking has become such an emotional issue that some people just can't be reasonable about it.

    The air died in my Focus and I was dreading taking it in. My last car was a Plymouth Voyager and they wanted $900 dollars to fix the air in that. I had bought it used, and it was about 8 years old, and I just couldn't see sinking that much money into it. So I suffered two whole summers with no air conditioning. I finally traded it in when the engine went and got the Focus.

    But the Focus wasn't too bad. It only cost me $194, and the car is almost 6 years old now, so it was worth.

    I don't believe in buying new cars unless you really need one. I buy a car and I run it until it makes more sense to buy a new one. Making a car payment is probably the worst investment you can make. I like my little Focus.

    I am glad they fixed the air, though. I have a garage, but getting into it after work, and with it sitting in the sun, was torture.
     
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    I don't smoke but my driver's window and sunroof is always open (unless rain of course). If it's 85 degrees or so and above, the AC is on.

    I have also been known to drive a convertible in 30 degree weather with the heater on high.

    Love the "open" feel - windows down, sunroof open, convertible top down, etc.
     
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    both cars do, but the caddy's needs a new compressor, and that's $250. We never bothered to check it when we bought it last Nov. It will likely get fixed after we refi our house next month.
     
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    I take an air conditioned bus. Does that count? :laugh:

    The heat in Tim's car is stuck on, it does have air though. :D
     
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    I don't use my AC if I am in town. I only use it on the freeway, but if it is stop and go traffic, I will roll the windows down and turn the air off. It helps conserve gas by only using it when I am at cruising speed.
     
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    I’m going to learn something. How does this conserve gas at cruising speed vs idol?

    The A/C compressor will cycle when it needs to, regardless of engine rpm.
     

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