Audi A1   Controls   Heating and cooling  Heating system / air conditioner
Applies to vehicles: with heating and ventilation system or manual air conditioner
Controls for the heating and ventilation system and manual air conditioner*
Fig. 1 Controls for the heating and ventilation system and manual air conditioner*
The rotary controls and switches are used to control the functions. The diode in the corresponding button lights up when the function is switched on.
The rear window heating Link and seat heating Link are described in separate sections of this manual.
Manual air conditioner*
For a comfortable climate inside the vehicle:
  • In the summer, adjust the temperature to just a few degrees below the outside temperature
  • Turn the blower control to setting I or II
  • Do not point the air outlets directly at the occupants
AC Switching air cooling* on/off
The air cooling system only works when the blower is switched on. When the air cooling is switched off, the air is neither cooled nor dehumidified. The windows may mist up as a result. The air cooling is switched off automatically at low outside temperatures (below zero).
Adjusting the blower speed
To prevent the windows from misting up, switch the blower to setting I or higher.
Selecting the temperature
The rotary control can be used to adjust the amount of heat as required.
Adjusting air distribution and air outlets
The rotary control with symbols , , and is used to adjust the air distribution.
At the setting, the windscreen and side windows are defrosted or demisted as quickly as possible. The air recirculation is switched off, but can be switched on again manually by pressing the button.
You can regulate the air flow and control the direction of the air emerging from the round outlets in the dashboard by turning the adjuster knob and moving the grille.
Switching air recirculation on/off
In air recirculation mode, the air from the interior of the vehicle is filtered and recirculated. This setting prevents fumes etc. from entering the interior. We recommend switching on the air recirculation mode when driving through a tunnel or in traffic queues WARNING!. If the air recirculation mode is already activated when you start the engine, it will be deactivated automatically after about 20 minutes.
The air recirculation mode is switched off when the control is in the defrost position .
For reasons of safety you should not leave the air recirculation switched on for too long. This mode prevents fresh air from entering the vehicle, so the windows can mist over if the air cooling* is switched off. Bad visibility can cause an accident.

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