Colorado summers can be extremely hot and the temperatures inside our vehicles have edged to almost 130°! I love the remote start feature on my Denali for this exact reason. My kids never get into a hot car in the summer (of course I never leave them in them either). However, our two older vehicles do not have the luxury of remote start so we have resorted to the old fashioned window shades which do an okay job but not great.
When Kulcar offered to let us try their solar car cooler I was pretty elated! It arrived a couple weeks ago right before our trip and unfortunately I did not have time to test it out then, but when we got home I immediately installed it on Jason’s truck. The installation was easy and the directions were very clearly drawn and explained on the inside of the box.
|Directions for installation|
The Kulcar solar car cooler was installed when the outside temperature was 87° and the inside temperature of the truck was 111°. I made sure to angle the solar panel towards the sun so that the Kulcar fans were running and left the truck for over an hour. I was hoping that the car cooler would bring the inside temperature down, but instead it maintained the 111°. I did however, check our other vehicle that was parked right behind this one and the inside of that little car (same color interior) was 124°. I was glad to see that in the dead heat of summer the solar car cooler did at least maintain the interior heat and did not allow it to heat up any further. The next day, the truck never got above 100° and it was 92° outside, so I think that it works best when it is installed in the morning before the day gets super hot.
Overall, my impression of the car cooling system is positive. The system performed exactly as described, it was quiet, easy to install and maintained the interior temperature well. I was hoping to see a decrease in the temperature, but after Jason read the directions a bit more, a truck like his would need 2 car cooling systems to actually decrease the interior temperature. With that information I am confident in this solar cooling system.
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