Most vehicles built after 2000 are equipped with a cabin air filter. Now, you may have heard of an oil filter and an engine air filter but the job of your cabin air filter is to keep debris from entering the cabin of your vehicle so that you are not exposed to or breathe them in.
These debris can include pollen, mold spores, rodent droppings, leaves, dust, smog and other airborne materials.
If you notice allergy like symptoms bothering you when riding in your car or you smell something weird, it could be that your air filter needs to be changed.
Here are some common cabin air filter questions and answers:
Q: What is a cabin air filter?
A: A cabin air filter cleans the air entering your vehicle’s passenger cabin via its HVAC system. Cabin air filters filter out pollutants, mold, mildew, road dust, fumes and allergens.
Q: Is a cabin air filter different than an air filter?
A: Yes, an air filter filters air going into your vehicle’s engine. A cabin air filter filters air coming into the passenger cabin. A vehicle’s passenger compartment unfiltered inside air
can be up to 6 times dirtier than outside air.
Q: How do I know if my vehicle has a cabin air filter?
A: First, check your vehicle’s owner manual. If you are still not sure, ask your professional service person.
Q: What about unpleasant odors in my vehicle?
A: Eventually, a cabin air filter starts to lose its effectiveness as it gets dirty with use. This may result in unpleasant odors and decreased air conditioning and heating performance
caused by restricted air-flow.
Q: So, when should I change my cabin air filter?
A: Most car experts and filter manufacturers recommend changing a cabin air filter every 12,000 miles or every 12 months. However, depending on your driving conditions, twice a year may
prove necessary for maximum benefit.
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