5 minutes from now you will be an expert when it comes to car heating controls. The process of using the car heater is simple.
- Engine on
- Set the desired temperature
- Turn on the fan speed
Visibility needs to have an effective heater. Finding the right one is a challenge because some manufacturers make the controls look intimidating.
In this post, I will show you how to identify all the controls and explain what they do, why, and when you would use them.
How Can I Use A Car Heater?
I think you are in your car right now, freezing your knacks off, this is the shortened version.
A simple three-step process can be used to operate a car heater. If your car is modern, you will soon see how easy it is if you press one button.
Modern cars have sophisticated heating systems that are referred to as climate control systems or HVAC.
If you own a car that is less than a few years old, you should look out for the window tint button on your dashboard.
The heater control module will take control of the heating when pressed, it will clear the windshield and side windows as a top priority.
Driving your car will speed up the warm-up process when you start your engine and have it idling. Modern cars warm up in about 5 minutes if the engine warms up just a little.
The amount of time it takes to warm up depends on how cold it is outside and you will find older cars, big engines, and diesel engines taking the most time.
To adjust the temperature control button, locate it. A digital display is one of the things that will be found in some vehicles. It’s usually measured in degrees C from low to high.
A fancy word for two temperature control knobs, one for the driver side and one for the passenger side, is dual climate controls.
To get full heat, move both controls to the maximum setting.
The heating system can be turned on by turning on the fan. The blower motor needs to be adjusted to your speed.
It could be a button instead of a knob, that’s why it’s different. The fan symbol is what it will have, that is the “On” button.
The blower motor has various speed settings. It doesn’t matter if the fan speed is high or low, it will increase the distribution of heat. That’s all you need to get the heat in your car going.
Some really useful buttons make driving a lot more comfortable, you can check them out below, it’s a clever bit of kit.
What Do The Different Heater Controls Do?
We will take a closer look at each of the controls in more detail, how to identify them, what they do, and when you would use them.
If you know how to turn on the car heater and adjust the heat, then you know how to turn on the climate control systems, but if you don’t, they don’t call them heaters anymore.
Climate control systems can be managed by their computer. The controls for the heaters are on a panel and in the center console.
The climate control unit is connected to other control units in the car, they all play a part in in-cabin climate management.
The engine management control unit helps out when you set the heater fan to high, the engine will often rise.
The climate system can take into account the sun load hitting the car to manage the a/c system.
If you know what all these buttons do, you will be able to deal with any in-car climate situation.
The in-car heating system has a temperature control button. It isn’t a good experience to be in a car when it’s too hot or cold.
The temperature control buttons are the most important on your heating control panel because they are used to find the sweet spot as your body temp changes.
Modern cars typically have a digital display and two buttons, one for higher and one for lower.
A colored wheel is effective and gives a great visual cue as to what it controls, blue for cool and red for warm.
Many vehicles have dual temp controls, one to adjust the driver’s zone and the other for the passenger zone. The rear passenger temperature control zone is possible.
What’s a Blower Motor?
The hot air won’t move around the car if there isn’t a blower. The whole heating system can be reached by the fan button.
The blower has various speed settings and a higher speed doesn’t mean higher temperatures, it simply moves the air more quickly.
The fan control on modern cars has a digital display and two buttons, one for higher speeds and the other for lower speeds, but a simple twist knob is also common.
What’s Air Distribution?
On a cold morning, a rainy day, or dead heat, the ability to direct air is very important.
The control panel controls can be used to control the heating air. The most common and important directions are listed.
- Side windows of the car
- Feet of passengers
- Face of passengers
- Feet and face
The air can be further directed by manually adjusting the vents in the dashboard.
Since computers are in charge of climate controls, the direction options for the air are always increasing.
Air direction control in modern cars is usually a digital graphic of a seated person, and a single button that scrolls around a set menu is also standard.
A button in an older vehicle may have a graphic that shows its function.
What’s Windshield Demist?
Some climate systems may call by a different name, such as the defroster, and all modern climate systems have a demister button.
The function of this button is to clear the side windows in the shortest time possible, without having to fiddle with any other controls.
It uses an a/c system to dehumidify the air and is pre-programmed. After it clears, the demist setting should be shut off, as this is the correct setting for a fogged-up windshield.
The heater doesn’t have enough heat from the engine yet, so you will find a delay between pressing the button and taking action.
What’s The Auto Setting For?
Whatever the temp is set to, the auto setting regulates. Some climate systems call it comfort mode or something like that.
The auto button will allow you to reach and maintain the interior of the car at any temperature you choose. If you want to use it every day, you have to set the temperature.
What’s the Recirculation Button Do?
Outside air is normally used to heat a car. It pulls air from an outside air vent, through a cabin filter, and through the heat exchanger to catch bugs or dust.
The heated air is given to the car’s interior air vent.
What’s a Recirculate Button?
The recirculation button keeps the outside air out of the cabin.
The recirculation of the partially heated cabin air is the most efficient and fastest way to get the cabin to the desired temperature since a car takes a while to heat up on cold starts.
Since the air in the cabin is already cooled, the a/c will cool more quickly.
The recirculate button is useful for short periods when the outside air is poor. It will cause the windows to mist over and the cabin air quality to get worse if it is used for a long time.
A circular symbol with arrows for modern cars and a car with an inward direction arrow symbol for older cars are recirculation symbols.
Rear Heated Window
The heat in the rear window glass is created by the switch in the back window. The front heated window is usually grouped with the climate control button.
The rear heated window uses a lot of power and is wired to auto-turn off.
Every aspect of car operation, maintenance, and repair is covered in a workshop repair manual which contains a lot of useful information.
Truck driver by profession, automotive lover by heart. Ricky is the main publisher and editor at Truckile.com sharing his life-long knowledge and experience in the auto industry and truck driving!