Remote Starting of Inverter
I just found this website today and got thinking about a remote starter for an inverter which I want to install on my 2007 Nissan Sentra Model S.
I have been toying with some of the ideas posted on this website and would like some opinions on the following idea:
I currently have a remote starter on my car good for about 500 feet. I am upgrading to a remote start via phone call to a satellite system to allow me to start the car from anywhere since my car is parked further than 500 feet during the day. This will be installed from my Nissan Dealer.
The reason most people want a remote starter for thier cars is 1) Start the car to cool it in summer time and 2) heat it during the winter time prior to getting into it.
My concern is the latter of the two. Currently here in the Northeast it gets cold enough for a car (gas or diesel) that it wears on the engine components. I have read numerous articles on initial start wear on car engines and would like to avoid it if possible (not to mention having a warm engine when I start to drive).
I have looked at remote starters that utilize the car's/truck's fuel system and battery to pre-warm the vehicle. However, these units go for over $2000 and generally are not geared towards smaller cars. None of the dealers have contacted me back with regards to the Blue Heat and Espar (can't be bothered?)
Engine block heaters using gas/diesel (expensive)
Engine block heaters for diesel:
Example of engine block heater for RSX:
Tank Heaters (that could hook up to inverter and are cheap):
Strip and Magnetic heaters (not as efficient and only warm oil pan not coolant):
As a matter of fact anti idleing laws have come into effect in many states thus creating a need for these units on 18 wheeler trucks.
I would prefer the Tank Heaters and would like to utilize my remote start instead of starting the car but to remotely turn on the inverter and utilze the simple tank heaters from JC Whitney.
I see that there are some wiring diagrams that work towards this including hooking up duel batteries to minimize drain on the main battery:
Some of the newer inverters have remote start but again the distance would be an issue for me (at least leaving work).
Any thoughts or suggestions? Perhaps I am over analyzing.