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Old 09-22-2012, 01:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Thank you for your reply!

I've always used to Recirculate feature but I've kept it on maximum as well...I'll try the lowest setting to see if that helps me. I'm glad it's fall, that way I can just use my vents on the highway and windows cracked in town

Originally Posted by Old Mechanic View Post
You have to find a happy compromise between coasting and aggravating other drivers.
Use the recirculate button on your AC to save energy. Get it cool inside and then use the lowest fan speed you can tolerate with recirculate to recool the same air. This uses much less energy than fresh air which has humidity that the AC uses power to remove.
Recirculate also recools the same air over and over which is much easier than trying to cool off the hotter outside air. Better to use max temp and lower fan speeds, unless you can tolerate higher temps on lowest fan speed.

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