When was the last time you updated the air heaters in your commercial fleet?
Air heaters are one of the most important climate control systems in the trucking industry, especially in Canada. Whether you need to maintain products or livestock in a truck’s rear cargo, or your drivers are complaining of poor heating in their sleeper cab, you must invest in the best air heating for semi trucks on the market.
With your drivers living in their trucks for days - or weeks - at a time, it’s vital that you keep them comfortable throughout their journey. After all, some parts of Canada can reach up to -30 degrees celsius in the winter, and even the most modern sleeper cabs don’t always provide enough insulation to counter this.
Even if your drivers only cover short distances, and aren’t in their trucks overnight, keeping them comfortable ensures that their attention is solely on the road so they stay safe.
Modern air heaters can run on a variety of power sources, with some able to keep the cabin warm without needing engine power. With truck idling costing more than $3 billion a year in the US alone, these independent heaters will help you to greatly reduce fuel costs on both long and short-haul trucking.
Also, heating systems that don’t require the driver to leave the engine idling means they can focus more on resting, safe in the knowledge that their keys aren’t in the ignition.
No matter what cargo you ship, there comes a time in every commercial fleet’s life where they have to handle products that require climate control.
Cargo like flowers, food, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals all need to be kept at certain temperatures to avoid spoilage. In addition, while some products don’t specifically require cargo heating, they also degrade in quality quickly if they’re allowed to freeze.
Modern air heaters not only are more reliable while your drivers are on the road, but also can be programmed to operate at a certain temperature or within a certain range so you don’t have to worry about costly waste.
If you operate within the directional drilling industry, then you’ll know how costly it can be if the water you use for drilling freezes. With Canada’s winter temperatures regularly dropping below freezing, air heaters are an essential tool that can save you a potential $20,000/hour in lost revenue and employee wages while you have to source a refill.
Whether you’re operating an ambulance fleet or transport prisoners, you’ll need to ensure that your rear cargo facility is adequately heated to ensure passenger health and comfort. Ambulances, in particular, will need to ensure that their medical equipment is stored at the correct temperature and their crew and patient are comfortable. With a modern air heater that draws heat from the vehicle’s engine, you can ensure that your employees are taken care of and their passengers are comfortable. What’s more, because you’re using engine heat, it’s more energy efficient as it avoids the need for an additional energy source for your air heater.
When you’re transporting animals, you need to be aware that many species and breeds have different tolerances for the cold. For example, if you’re running a dog rescue, you’d have to heat the rear cargo facility less for a mountain dog or Akita-type breed than you would for a Western breed. As most modern air heaters come with flexible programming that lets you set a temperature range, you can make sure that every animal you transport is safe from frostbite and hypothermia by keeping the rear cargo cabin at a comfortable temperature.
At Simplicity Air, we have over 20 years of experience in keeping your drivers warm and your cargo safe. We believe that every commercial fleet problem has a viable solution, and we’d love to work with you to help you find the best solution for your fleet. With our industry-leading passion for innovation, we’re proud to be the go-to provider for hundreds of commercial fleets and businesses across Canada. So, if you’re looking for a solution to your air heating problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us.