Changing Your Air Filter Can Help You Breathe Easier this Spring
If your Spring-cleaning is already underway, this is a good time to think about replacing your cabin air filters.
A cabin air filter is part of the HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. Its purpose is to remove impurities from the air entering the vehicle and keep the indoor cabin clean, safe, fresh, and healthy.
A New Air Filter Protects You From Spring Allergies More Efficiently
Spring means pollen and pollen means allergy for many people. If you are one of them, changing your cabin air filter keeps the air inside your car pollen-free.
A typical cabin air filter is a tiny device with pleats made of a specialized material, usually multi-fiber paper cotton. Outside air entering your vehicle is first directed to this air filter. It filters out pollen and other contaminants and sends out fresh air to the passenger compartment.
A New Air Filter Prevents Health Problems In Future
A worn-out or clogged cabin air filter results in poor airflow, which can cause breathing difficulties. Pollutants such as dust, dirt, debris, and pollen can cause respiratory problems over time.
The location of the cabin air filter, usually behind the glove compartment, attracts mold and mildew over time.
Think of the moldy and dusty air you would be inhaling while seated within. If you are spending five or more hours inside your vehicle, you can be at risk of contracting potential health problems.
If you notice symptoms such as reduced air circulation, bad odors, or poor AC performance, it is more than likely that your cabin air filter needs a replacement.
A New Air Filter Keeps The AC System And Your Health Intact
When air from a contaminated cabin air filter enters the AC, the AC motor has to work harder to push the polluted air through the system. The cooling capacity of the AC is diminished, and the motor gets stressed, which can lead to early component wear.
Replacing the cabin air filter regularly prevents a breakdown of your AC. Change your cabin air filter every 12,000 miles or once in a year. If your area is polluted, a replacement for every 5,000 miles is recommended.