Ventilated Seats Get...Hot? - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford F-150: Ventilated Seats Get...Hot?

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 3, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

The last thing you expect when you press the button for a ventilated seat is that the seat will heat up. But that's exactly what happened to me in our long-term 2015 Ford F-150. Sure, the fans kick in at first and your butt gets a lovely little flow of fresh air, but after a while, things take a turn for the worse.

Small fans inside the seat generate the air flow, but those fans heat up after a while and that heat has to go somewhere. Specifically, it goes towards the back seat. After a few hours behind the driver's seat of our F-150, my rear passengers pointed out that the back of the seat was noticeably hot, almost too hot to touch. Up front, from my butt-dyno, I could also sense the vents becoming less effective.

Basically, I left the seat fans on for a long time and they got hot. They got so hot that it soaked through the thin insulation on the back of the driver's seat. It affected their utility and the comfort of my passenger. To me, this means that these ventilated seats should be on a timer. That's a shame, because having a cooled seat is really nice on a summer road trip to Vegas. And having one all the way there is even better. Luckily, it's winter now and we can switch back to the heated seats for a few weeks before it's 95 degrees in California again.

Travis Langness, Social Media Editor

 

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