How do cooled seats work?

Are they any different from one vehicle to another? Anything unique about the ones in the new Hyundai Genesis?

Jim, Wilsonville, Ore.

The cooled driver’s seat that is standard on the Genesis 4.6 and optional on the Genesis 3.8 uses a fan to circulate air through the perforated leather upholstery.

That’s one approach automakers use. Hyundai’s new large sedan, the Equus, uses a thermoelectric device to generate warm or cool air depending on which direction electrical current is flowing, and fans in the seats blow the air through perforations in the leather. Other automakers, Ford and General Motors among them, use similar systems on some models. Heated and cooled front seats are standard on the Equus, and the Ultimate trim adds heated and cooled rear seats, plus a thermoelectric refrigerator in the rear console.

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Answered by Rick Popely on February 8, 2011 in Hyundai , Hyundai Genesis | Permalink

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