Thermoelectric Car Seat Heaters & Coolers
The most well-known application for thermoelectrics in the automotive industry is the individualized heating/cooling of car seats. Due to the unique advantage of thermoelectrics for this application, car seats in the front and rear cabin can be individually heated or cooled based on the occupant’s preference.
As the individual controls the temperature selection switch, airflow is directed through a thermoelectric heat pump, which adjusts the temperature. A fan circulates the temperature-controlled air through a ducting system integrated into the seat back and cushion, offering custom comfort for each occupant of the vehicle. The seat application, often considered a green-energy application, has the potential to reduce our national energy bill by enabling smaller compressors to be used for cooling the main cabin.