OK, I have obviously not used the climate control enough or sat and played with it much. Last night I decided to see how it looked from the Sync screen.
Wow, again, it's rather counter-intuitive to every other vehicle I've been in, but on THIS occasion I actually think I like the way Ford did it..(Just wish they explained it better)
So, on every other vehicle I've been in,
-Pressing the button for feet puts the air at your feet.
-If you then went and pressed the button for upper vents, the air would come out of the upper vents and STOP coming out of the floor vents.(There's usually a bi-level button if you want both).
Apparently on Ford(and this was much more obvious on the Sync screen, though I guess it does show it on the lower climate control hardware as well):
-Pressing the foot button blows air at your feet.
-Then pressing the upper vents ALSO blows air from the upper vents but does NOT close the lower ones. You'd press the foot button again to turn OFF the air to your feet.
Same with Defrost. You can turn on feet, upper vents AND defrost all at the SAME time. And any combination in-between. Turning them all individually off drops it back to Auto mode.
Also interesting to watch this with the climate power usage meter up.
I had the interior temp set to about the exterior temp so there shouldn't really have been much of any power usage. I also messed around with AC on and off.
-Blowing air at your lower and/or upper vents basically doesn't use any noticeable power.
-Using Defrost in any form automatically jumps up power usage. BUT... If you use it in combination with either upper and/or lower vents it's just a small-ish amount of power.
-Turn off both lower and upper vents and just leave it on defrost alone and Boom, the power usage spikes to max.
So there's the winter keys. Either use auto or the lower/upper vents for lower energy expenditure(the temp and fan speed and auto mode will obviously have an impact as well.) The next step up is to add in defrost but leave the upper and/or lower vents on.
Anyway, this is probably common knowledge for everyone else, but complete news to me! (: