With winter arriving, the need for car heat is an absolute necessity. Here are several ways to stay extra warm, cozy and comfortable inside your car on a winter's day.
12V Portable Car Heater
If your heater is busted, you don't necessarily need to pay those insanely high parts and labor fees. A 12V heater will plug into a cigarette lighter and heat your car even with the battery off. For best results, pick a convective heater.
Trap Heat From The Sun
Find seat covers in dark colors that will trap the heat from the sun during the day to help keep seats naturally warm. If you have leather seats, this will be an even greater necessity.
Get A Block Heater
Using a block heater, you can help your engine heat more quickly, and benefit from the engines activity to warm the cabin better than your broken heater. It uses an exterior source of electricity, so make sure you have a capable extension cord. Engine blocks cost anything from $50-$300, depending on the quality and brand.
Stow Emergency Layers
Sitting inside a cold car in extremely cold conditions can be uncomfortable and life threatening. To best heat yourself without the help of exterior heat generation, pack a few extra layers into your car to use your own body heat to accomplish the job.
Use Hand Warmers For More Than Hands
Spring may be a long way off but there is something to spring for if your extremities (or other parts of your body) are really biting the frost. Hand warmers come in many varieties including long lasting (and cheap!) chemical warmers and still effective, cheap and long lasting enclosed flame warmers. Stow a few in your glove compartment and put them under layers for lasting heat.
Get A Remote Start System
While idling your car will not heat the cabin up as fast as driving will, who wouldn't want to delay the inevitable trip through the cold to your car a bit longer to have some real relief when climbing into your vehicle? Remote start systems typically cost between $100-$300 depending on make and model.
Park In Garages
If you have the opportunity, park your car in a parking garage where there is a chance of more regulated temperatures. At the very least, your car will stay out of the snow for a bit if it's really coming down outside.
Install A Seat Warmer
Seat warmers don't have to come with your car any longer. For as low as $25, you can find many that plug in to a 12 V cigarette lighter. When all else fails many of these heaters can really pack a solid source into your backside, and can even act as a heated blanket.
Park Facing The Sun
If you can't afford to park inside a garage, park your car facing east, in a place where the morning sun hits. This will defrost your windows and heat your car by a few degrees, solving some otherwise annoying inconveniences.