|Tinted windows (at Nevada's Great Basin National Park).|
So, for example, when I was at South Carolina's Congaree National Park last September it was very hot and muggy at night. I started the car and turned the air conditioner on when I got ready for bed. This helped get both me and the bed cooler for sleep. Then, I turned the air conditioner down a bit and went to sleep.
The Prius' engine runs for about 4 minutes every 30 minutes in order to keep its batteries charged. That is, the engine acts like a generator while the air conditioner runs off the batteries. But, this generator only comes on when its batteries need to be charged.
I've yet to need to run the heater overnight. But, I expect it would work similar to running the air conditioner overnight.
Although the Prius is not air tight, I still crack the windows while sleeping to insure sufficient oxygen. The only times I don't crack my windows is if I'm in bear territory where they've learned to break into cars, like Yosemite. I also carry a CO2 alarm (and bear spray).
|No-See-UM Mosquito Netting over left passenger window.|
|No-See-UM Mosquito Netting over right passenger window.|
The rear passenger windows are covered with No-See-UM Mosquito Netting. Velcro is glued to the base of the window sills and to the bottom of the netting. When installed, bugs can not get underneath. The top and sides of the netting are tacked to the door frame, making the interior bug-tight when the doors are closed.
|Visors are attached with double-stick tape above the windows.|
|A dusting of snow demonstrates how the visors keep snow and rain |
from coming inside.