Yes, unhealthy and unpleasant air is everywhere, but why allow it to funnel into your car and make even the shortest drives unbearable? A new cabin air filter improves the air quality in your car dramatically. Here are 5 things you may not know about cabin air filters and how they make your vehicle a healthier, more comfortable place to be.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Duration: 10-30 minutes
- How often: As needed
1. The air inside your vehicle can be 6 times more polluted than the air outside
Without proper filtration, the air inside the passenger cabin can be teaming with allergens, pollutants and other disgusting microbes. That suggests a significant health risk for children, the elderly and more than 40 million allergy-sensitive North Americans.
2. Air quality threats abound
Cabin air filters block airborne contaminants: pollen, dust, car exhaust, toxins, pollutants, allergens, wind-blown industrial soot, the smelly build-up caused by mold, mildew, algae and fungi and more.
3. Protection for your heating & HVAC systems
Without a clean, functioning cabin air filter, microscopic contaminants are pushed into your car, much of it through vents. A dirty cabin air filter can degrade and potentially damage your vehicle’s heating and air conditioning systems.
4. You may already have one
If you have a 2000 or newer vehicle, you probably have one. While 95 percent of vehicle owners surveyed recently said they are concerned about in-car air quality, only 26 percent said they knew or thought they knew there was a cabin air filter in their vehicle.
5. Cabin air filter replacement schedule
Driving conditions will determine how often a cabin air filter needs replacing. Dirt roads, dusty areas and urban stop-and-go traffic shorten a cabin air filter’s life, Most vehicle manufacturers suggest cabin air filters be replaced every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
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