Cabin Air Filters…Interior Air Quality: Are You Breathing Clean Air?
A cabin air filter is a mechanism that keeps air inside the passenger compartment of your car from becoming stale and unhealthy. Some consumers are not even aware their car has a cabin air filter. Many newer model cars have the component tucked away inside the dash or elsewhere where it is not easily seen.
Although hidden, a cabin air filter performs a very important function. Not to be confused with an engine air filter, this piece of equipment removes contaminants such as dust, pollen, mold spores and other small particles from the air that circulates through your car’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and into the passenger cabin.
To keep air quality at its best, filters should be replaced according to manufacturers’ recommendations, generally once a year or every 15,000 miles/24,000 kilometers – more frequently if you drive in dusty or industrial environments. Regularly changing cabin air filters also can maximize the life of your car’s HVAC system by reducing debris and corrosion on the evaporator core.
Maintaining your cabin air filter keeps the interior of your vehicle free from odors as well as ensuring your air conditioning and heating systems work effectively.
Cabin air filters keep dust, mold, pollen and other particles out of your passenger cabin. They benefit people with allergies, hay fever and asthma while keeping your car cleaner.
Oil ‘N’ Go recommends changing your air filter every 12 months or 15,000 miles.