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With this often-forgotten button, you can save a lot of fuel as a motorist |  to cut

With this often-forgotten button, you can save a lot of fuel as a motorist | to cut

Few motorists know the meaning of the button with a diagram of the car with an arrow on it. Even less known is that with this recycling mode, you can save up to 10 percent on fuel on hot days during short trips.

The primary purpose of the button, which is standard on most modern cars, is to protect passengers from toxic gases, for example when driving through a tunnel. But this so-called recirculation button also ensures that the air in the car itself cools faster. It is not always necessary for the air conditioner to cool the new warm, moist air.

Air conditioning does not have to work hard

By recirculating the air in the system, the air conditioner becomes a lot easier. Because air conditioning uses some of the engine’s energy to run—and in electric cars, battery power—the demand from the engine decreases as it cools down more quickly. This means less fuel consumption.

According to the British newspaper, “The Sun”, fuel consumption increases by up to 10 percent if the recycling mode is not used. The effects are especially visible during short trips, because the air conditioner has to work extra hard to cool the hot car.


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Once the cool air is out of the vents, close all the windows and hit the recycle button. As a result, you are using much less energy than if you let warm outside air flow through the system constantly.

Official Spokesperson of the Regional Activity Center

RAC, the British counterpart of Touring, recommends opening the windows for a minute or two to allow warm air to escape for maximum fuel economy. You should do this until the air coming out of the vents is cooler than the outside temperature.

Leave it on for short trips

“Once the cool air is out of the vents, close all the windows and hit the recycle button,” a RAC spokesperson said. As a result, you are using much less energy than if you let warm outside air flow through the system constantly. “

According to RAC, the effects are especially noticeable during short trips, because then you can continue to use the recycle mode without any problems. For safety reasons, it is recommended to turn it off again at longer distances. Since there is no fresh air source, the amount of carbon dioxide in the car increases. This can lead to fatigue, poor concentration, or decreased reaction speed.

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