Tis the season for chilly mornings and heating your car a few minutes before forcing yourself in the seat and on the road.  

Ever wonder how your windshield wiper fluid tends to stay fluid and doesn’t freeze up while wiping your windows? Well, we are not under any impression that you all haven’t heard of antifreeze, but we would like to share the science of it all. The main agent that saves your car engines and you windows from freezing over, found in antifreeze, is Ethylene Glycol.

Ethylene Glycol is one of three types of Glycol that are analyzed in our laboratories. Specifically, Ethylene Glycol combines with water to lower its’ freezing and boiling point. Hence the fantastic idea to fill our cars with it. We depend on our vehicles, in fact, cars are ranked number two in worldwide methods for transportation. In a global mindset, we know about the varying weather conditions, some of which reach low into the negatives and high into the hundreds of degrees. Antifreeze helps to extend those limitations and, in turn, extend the endurance of our car engines.

Not too long ago we shared a White paper on the details of Glycol and other places it can be observed in our lives, some of which can be harmful. Take a moment to read our short analysis and inform yourself a little more on Glycol.

 

Sources:

Britannica, T. E. (2015, April 29). Glycol. Retrieved November 13, 18, from https://www.britannica.com/science/glycol

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