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How Do Air-conditioned Seats Work

How Do Air-conditioned Seats Work

Cars with air-conditioned seats can come as a huge relief in summer months. Read on to know how these work.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Most cars these days come with heated seats. This technology keeps the seats warm when the rest of the interiors become icy cold during the winters. However, air-conditioned seats are a comparatively newer technology, which you only see in select car models. This facility is very useful for people living in hot, temperate zones. You might have come across scorching hot seats when you park your car in the sun for long, especially if you have leather covers. Driving on such burning seats is anything but comfortable. You probably cover them with blankets when you get out of the car, to prevent them from heating. However, air-conditioned seats can relieve you of all this hassle, and make your journey comfortable.

How They Work
Being a new technology, such seats found in only specific car makes. The system allows you to cool all the seats. These come in the form of perforated seat covers with special cushions. The cool air is passed through the perforations by running motors. Depending upon the individual car manufacturer, the air conditioning mechanism differs to some extent. Some cars simply blow uncooled air through the perforations to achieve an air conditioning effect, whereas some come with a special cooling element. Needless to say, the latter version costs you more.

The air conditioning facility is available for the back as well as bottom of the seats. Some cars come with a climate-control setting for the seat air conditioners. Besides, some of them even offer individual settings. Meaning, you can set the control of the seat at a desired temperature, and save your setting. Likewise, other family members can also do so. Thus, the next time you sit in the car, you simply have to push your individual setting, instead of fumbling with the numerous controls. This feature is very useful for family cars, often driven by various members of the family.

Cars That Have Air-conditioned Seats
So far, the feature is only limited to luxury car models. Given below is the list of some which include this feature of air conditioning for car seats.
  • Acura RL
  • Audi A8
  • Audi A6
  • Audi S6
  • Audi A5 Cabriolet Prestige
  • Audi A5 Prestige
  • BMW Alpina B7
  • BMW 760
  • BMW 750
  • BMW M5
  • BMW X5
  • BMW X6
  • Bentley Continental Flying Spur
  • Buick Enclave
  • Buick Lucerne
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Cadillac ATS Turbo
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Cadillac DTS
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Cadillac STS
  • Cadillac XLR
  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 3LT/2LT
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT/2LT
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford Taurus SHO
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Yukon
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Infiniti FX 35
  • Infiniti FX 50
  • Infiniti M35
  • Infiniti M45
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus IS
  • Lexus LS 460
  • Lexus LX570
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Maybach 57
  • Maybach 62
  • Mercedes-Benz S
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Mercedes-Benz CL
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Mercedes-Benz E
  • Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
  • Saab 9-5
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tundra Platinum
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volvo S80
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI
  • Volkswagen Beetle R-line
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Tesla Model S
You might have to pay more to get this feature in your car until it becomes more common. Though outrageously expensive, air-conditioned seats can indeed make your long journeys more relaxed and pleasurable.