Breathe Deep With Your Car’s Cabin Air Filter

November 10th, 2019

Dust and pollen is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they’re fairly new on the scene, a lot of people don’t know about them yet.

These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your vehicle. They do the same job as the filter in your heat pump at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Your cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollution, pollen and other contaminants to keep the air in your car nice and clean and just like your engine’s air filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor at Oil Changers, but they typically need to be replaced at around 30,000-40,000 kms.

The filter is usually either under the bonnet or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you’ll want to have Oil Changers take care of replacing them.

As we said, many people don’t realize they have a cabin air filter and go to their shop complaining about a funny smell in the air conditioning system. It turned out to be a cabin air filter that was long overdue for replacement – really dirty and starting to smell. A quick replacement and they were on their way and smelling fine.

Anyone who is allergy sensitive can really benefit from a cabin air filter, as it keeps dust and pollen allergens to a minimum. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to stay on top of your filter replacement schedule.

Of course if you do a lot of driving in dusty or polluted conditions, you may need to change your cabin air filter more often.

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