rmay635703 wrote: SageBrush wrote:
rmay635703 wrote:I do understand how a heat pump works, but the number of days where I would want heat and it's above 15 are pretty rare
And you are quite sure that the overwhelming majority of car buyers share your behaviour ?
Here in Wisconsin I see shorts t-shirts and sandals come out every time it gets above freezing, so yes I do see others that figure it's a nice warm day in those circumstances. For me it depends how sunny , windy and humid it is more than temp.
Maybe things are different in California
Yes, they are.
https://www.anchorbrewing.com/blog/the- ... -says-who/
[Mark] Twain’s most well-known remark about the weather is also something he never said: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” What native San Franciscan hasn’t heard this clever quip served up by a shivering, Bermuda-shorted sightseer on a fogbound Golden Gate Bridge?
It all depends on what you're used to, but any tourist who comes out here in summer
and expects San Francisco to be warm and sunny instead of windy, and damply cold in fog is in for a rude awakening, unless they get lucky. Unlike just about any other major metropolitan area in the northern hemisphere, the month with the highest average temps in S.F. is September rather than July or August, because the fog clears out for a week or two and S.F. has an Indian summer. The real S.F. summer high temps may only be in the low '60s, '50s or occasionally in the '40s, but I've felt far colder than I have in sub-zero temps while skiing (I've X-C skied shirtless in shorts, fingerless bike gloves and a ballcap down to 18 deg. F and been reasonably comfortable, but I have an unusual metabolism). OTOH, 10 or even five miles to the east of S.F. at the same time, you will be in warm or even hot sunny weather - some places like the Bay Area feature a multitude of micro-climates.
It's fair to say that a heat pump is of most benefit in areas with mild winters, where the temps rarely go below freezing and virtually never into the teens, which is the case in virtually all of California west of the Sierra Nevada. People who live in colder climates are naturally more used to same than those who don't and will need heat less, but cold and dry doesn't feel as cold as cool, damp and windy. I ski and almost always drive in shorts, often shirtless, but if the temp's in the low '60s or below I've probably got the heat on (I have heated seats, but in shorts they don't warm the tops of my legs, and the circulation in my toes is poor due to some frostbite damage several decades back). Heated seats and wheel are great, but they don't do it for everyone, and don't keep your face warm. Not everyone wants to wear a watch cap/toque/balaclava/full face mask while they drive!