What’s So Important About a Block Heater?
Brightsync provides innovative sustainable technology for heating engine blocks. If you’re less familiar with fleet management or industrial vehicles, you might not be aware of what a block heater is, how it works, or why it matters. In order to provide great service and great savings for clients, Brightsync is using this blog to explain some of the basics of these heaters and what makes them useful.
Severe Weather Conditions
The most common reason for a fleet to use block heaters is severe weather, particularly deep cold conditions. Freezing or below freezing temperatures can make it difficult for an engine to start, primarily due to a thickening of the oil in the engine. This is a result of the exposure to intense cold. A block heater helps to speed up the process of thinning the oil by heating the engine block.
Reliability and Functionality
There has long been a debate over whether or not to start a car or any other vehicle and let it idle to “warm up” the engine in cold weather. For the most part, this is not beneficial, and can even damage your engine block over time. Using a heater will help to take care of the warming of the engine without having to leave it idle.
Reducing Wear and Tear on an Engine
The chief benefit and one of the best reasons for a fleet to use block heaters is that they can help to reduce wear and tear. Slow oil flow in engines as a result of being exposed to cold temperatures results in more friction, which means more damage will accumulate in an engine over time. This ultimately leads to increased costs for maintenance, repairs, and replacements.
Warming the Interior
A side benefit is also the ability to warm the interior of a vehicle. While most block heaters are not designed to warm the interior of a vehicle directly, warming the engine will. A vehicle’s heater works by diverting heat from the engine, which is why the heater initially runs cold when a car is just started. Increasing the temperature with a block heater means that, in most cases, the hot air from the heater will be instantly available once the vehicle actually starts.
Contact Brightsync About Block Heater Solutions
If you are searching for vehicle heating solutions, not to mention a way to save up to 80% on the energy costs of your fleet, Brightsync can help. With products developed with a focus on green technology, Brightsync is dedicated to helping you reduce cost, improve efficiency and provide a reliable, modern option. Contact Brightsync today.