It would be most convenient to find a way to defrost car windows programmically (using a timer and switch).
Remote starts don't seem to have the functionality to programmatically schedule a start schedule and fall short for the following reasons:
- Affordability - initial product, installation and potentially monthly costs for data service devices, aren't quite worth it for me.
- System wear and tear - warming up the engine in idle, at least the most common combustion engines, doesn't seem to be too good for the engine.
Currently, it seems all of the conventional products on the market, i.e. Peak® Programmable Defroster / Heater, are poorly rated, an there don't seem to be any series of parallel linear resistive conductors products to place on the inside of the window surface.
In concept, it seems better to run an outdoor extension cord into the vehicle that powers a timer/switch that has a battery backup, connecting a heat pad strapped to a sturdy shade reflector, or perhaps a space heater.
In an average car, mine is a '01 Altima, is there an ideal location to run either a flat or regular outdoor extension cord into the vehicle? Perhaps there is a hole or an air gap crevice in the bottom of the car, perhaps near the trunk?