You can usually have a car with a plug preheated from home.

With a parking heater you can also heat up a fuel car, which is nice on a cold winter day.

How exactly does it work?

With colder nighttime temperatures approaching, is it an investment to consider?

A distinction is made between water heaters and air heating.

The latter system is purely for the interior.

In addition, air and water heaters for electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles are available.

There are also electric parking heaters.

Depending on their capacity, these can heat both the engine and the interior.

At Eberca, the company that carries the products of the Eberspächer brand, it is not possible to say how many systems are installed annually.

An employee does let us know that sales have been fairly flat for years.

"The winters have become milder, so people do not immediately think of a parking heater."

According to the Eberca employee, there is in principle room in every car to install one of the parking heaters.

This does not mean that it also works in every vehicle.

"With some brands, the engine management is written in such a way that it thwarts the operation of a parking heater."

Water heating heats up both the engine and interior

The water heater is a built-in appliance that is provided with a small combustion chamber where a mixture of air and fuel, coming from the vehicle's tank, is ignited.

In this way, the coolant is heated and that heat then comes through the heat exchanger and the outlets in the interior.

The heated liquid continues to flow to the engine to bring it up to temperature.

The final station is the parking heater, after which the liquid circulates again.

A parking heater can offer a solution in a severe winter.

(Photo: Eberspächer)

Cold engine consumes more fuel

A comfortably warm interior and the time you save by not having to scratch are not the only advantages.

A cold engine emits more harmful substances during the first kilometer than a warm engine.

In addition, an engine that is not yet up to temperature consumes more fuel.

These problems can be overcome by means of a parking heater.

Admittedly, some of these systems also consume fuel and have emissions, but those drawbacks are negligible and outweigh the benefits to be gained.

According to manufacturer Eberspächer, the heating time can be reduced by up to 60 percent with some devices.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced by the same percentage on the first few kilometers.

Because you do not suffer from ice formation or condensation, you as a driver also have better visibility, which reduces the risk of accidents.