Katzkin, which supplies leather seat replacement, is offering an aftermarket heating and cooling kit that not only heats seats in the winter, but cools them in the summer.
The new DegreeZ system is the only aftermarket kit with both heating and cooling, says Katzkin, although luxury car models offer the feature from the factory.
If it’s 90 degrees outside, the driver hits a button and the seat starts to cool. If it’s cold out, you hit a button and it cools off.
The kits uses an electrical voltage system that creates both hot and cool air, known as the Peltier effect. When the current runs one way, you get hot air, and when it runs the opposite way you get cold air. It takes an experienced installed about 1 1/2 hours per seat to install. and costs $995 suggested retail price per seat (by comparison a heating only element costs $399).
Katzkin currently works with about 2,000 restyling dealers in addition to Tint World and Car Max.