CLIMATE CONTROL in vehicles has had computer systems in control for quite some time, however they still relied on big bulky knobs, cheap sliding components, easily broken buttons, and endless fighting (with the actual system or with a fellow passenger) about the true temperature. Now, the computer systems are so sophisticated that you can be comfortable by simply enabling the AUTO setting. To go along with your air conditioning and heating basics, your system also controls the windshield defrost/defog and, if equipped, can even control your heated and cooled seats. Also, its very convenient that dual (or multi) zone climate control is quite popular, allowing two or more different temperatures to be maintained within the cabin. The best way to begin with CLIMATE CONTROL is by becoming familiar with each symbol/icon and the setting it is controlling. All of which can be found in either the owner’s manual or Cadillac’s website. Below are some basic settings and how to get started with creating the most comfortable ride using the CLIMATE CONTROL.
1.TEMPERATURE – Temperature in most Cadillac vehicles is controlled by the RED and BLUE arrows on the center console. The RED (up) will increase the temperature while the BLUE (down) will decrease the temperature. How hot or cold the cabin becomes and/or maintains is affected by these buttons on coordination with the fan and mode that you are in.
DUAL/MULTI CLIMATE ZONES – Some Cadillac vehicles will have the exact same RED and BLUE buttons on either side of the center console. This is so that the passenger (or passengers in the backseat) can set their own CLIMATE CONTROL. This can be controlled by the driver at any time if he or she wishes to maintain one temperature in the cabin by pressing the SYNC button on the screen, syncing all climate controls to the Driver’s settings.
2.FAN SPEED – the fan in the CLIMATE CONTROL system manages how much and how forceful the air is being blown out of the vents. The fan speed is controlled using the buttons that resemble FAN BLADES with up and down arrows beside them. Pressing the “UP” FAN BLADE will increase the force and amount of the air while the “DOWN” FAN BLADE will decrease amount and force.
3.DEFROST/DEFOG – DEFROSTING AND DEFOGGING your windshield (or both windshields) is always quite the battle. Between adjusting your temperature, fiddling with the fan speed, and double-checking that you have the correct mode selected, it’s easy to feel like you lost before you have even begun. To begin, ensure that you have the DEFROST/DEFOG enabled by pressing the section of the center console (or on the infotainment screen) that resembles an AIR VENT with three squiggly lines. NEXT be sure to set the temperature to a little warmer than usual. From this point, the rest is a waiting game, but once there is a noticeable change of warmer air, feel free to increase the fan speed. These settings can be applied to the REAR DEFROST/DEFOG as well.
4.HEATED/COOLED (VENTED) SEATS – HEATED AND COOLED SEATS are as advanced as ever, yet still maintain the simplicity. The symbols on the center console are fairly easy to understand as well: a SEAT with squiggly lines coming through the back represents heated seatbacks. The symbol of a SEAT with squiggly lines through the seatback and the bottom of the seat is for heated seats and seatbacks. The symbol of a SEAT with FANBLADES on it are for cooled/ventilated seats. Upon pressing one of these, 3 lights will indicate that it is at its’ top intensity, pressing again removes one of the lights and decreases the intensity.