For Under Thirty Bucks … You Can Buy A Can of Car Wax … 9 Gallons of Gas … Or A New Cabin Air Filter
(And Save Whole Lot Of Sneezing)
The cabin air filter is a little know filter that keeps air inside your vehicle from becoming stale and unhealthy. Most owners are not even aware their vehicle has a cabin air filter. Many newer model vehicles have the cabin air filter tucked away inside the dash or somewhere 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 along with other small particles from the air that circulate through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning 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 – more frequently if you drive in dusty or industrial environments (like those in Nevada). Regularly changing cabin air filters also can maximize the life of the air conditioning system by reducing debris and corrosion on the evaporator core.
Cabin air filters stop most airborne particles and some are even capable of eliminating odors. That’s good for people with allergies and those concerned about air quality. Changing a cabin air filter is a quick process on most vehicles and the cost is minimal. Your A-1 Auto Repair Professional will let you know if your vehicle needs a cabin air filter change. Prices may vary due to vehicle.