How You Can Keep Your Cab Temperature Livable Without Idling Your Truck.
In recent years, a new trend of anti-idling laws has cropped up in many places around the world, and Alberta could be next in line. These laws are meant to reduce waste and emissions from vehicles that are idling for long periods of time – affecting everything from long-haul trucks at rest stops to the huge cargo ships waiting in a port. The laws are for a good reason, but they often fail to account for the reason why the vehicles are idling in the first place: the weather outside can be extreme, and it’s often quite literally unsafe to be in a vehicle without heating or cooling for several hours.
In the winter, temperatures down to -40º C can only be kept at bay by running a heater in the cab. And in the summer months, when outside temperatures can reach +40º C or higher, a truck’s interior can heat up 10-15 degrees beyond that in just an hour – an absolutely fatal temperature for anyone inside. The conventional way of cooling the cab of a truck is usually with the truck running and using the diesel and electrical system of the truck. Getting the cold air off of the truck systems is a more complex process and requires a compressor to compress your refrigerant; so what is the solution to this considering idling laws are against running trucks in this fashion? That’s where Autoclima comes in.
Designed to be a workaround for anti-idling laws, Autoclima is a battery-powered technology that uses your daytime driving to charge itself and allows you to run air conditioning without having to start your engine. With up to 8 hours of battery life, it’s the perfect way to save fuel while keeping your cab at the perfect climate, and it won’t drain your engine’s battery either. Whether you’re at a lonely rest stop along the Coquihalla highway, or pulled over at a busy gas station outside of a major southern city, you can be sure you’re following any regional anti-idling laws while also staying comfortable – at any time, and in any season.
The Autoclima units can even be adapted to units that were built without A/C – such as older vehicles or big heavy equipment like trackhoes or tractors. It’s simple and quick, and will keep drivers happy during long hot days spent on the road or in the field. And since they run off batteries instead of fuel, your fuel costs will go down since engines will no longer need to idle to keep you sitting comfortably in hot weather conditions.
If you want the freedom and potential that Autoclima provides, look no further than West Tech Mobile! We can install and set up everything for you, keeping you in line with the law so you are saving engine hours and diesel fuel while silently using the free cold air on the days and nights you need it. We’re located in southeast Calgary, near 52 St and Peigan Trail, and from there we can do service all across southern Alberta with our fleet of mobile service vehicles. Contact us today to find out more!
As this past week has shown, summer is in full swing both here in Calgary and around the country. While the warm weather is great when you’re relaxing, it’s not so much fun when you’re stuck in traffic in the city, or staring down hundreds of miles of hot prairie highways. Overheating in a car is not only a cause of minor irritation and drowsiness, it can even lead to dehydration and danger – that’s serious business! And that’s why a functional heavy truck air conditioning unit is a must for drivers on these blazing summer days.
Once considered a luxury, air conditioning is now found in most modern vehicles. It uses a small amount of power from your engine to cool and recirculate the air inside your cab, offering a welcome relief from the sun. The process is not infinite, though – over time, the system drains and will need maintenance and refilling every so often in order to keep you cooled off.
You may think that you don’t have the time or money to get the a/c going in your truck or other heavy-duty equipment. But West Tech Mobile is here to help! We know what a difference a cool driving environment can make. So don’t sweat it if you can’t make it to our shop, because we know how busy you can get – and so now we are able to bring the shop to you. We have a fully mobile a/c setup that we will bring right to your door to get your systems topped off in no time. It’s that easy! And of course, if you do find yourself in our neck of the woods in southeast Calgary, come and check out our fully-automated Robinair a/c service machine that gets the process right, every time.
So whether you’re crossing the dry hills of Osoyoos, the open fields of the prairies, or the endlessness of Ontario – or anywhere in between and beyond, really – make sure you call West Tech Mobile at 403.265.5699 first for your heavy truck or heavy duty equipment air conditioning needs. When you’re nice and cool in your truck beneath the intense summer heat, you’ll be glad you did!