Did you know that the air inside your vehicle can be more contaminated than the air outside? While it doesn't apply to every car, it can happen when you forget to change the cabin filter. This air filter is an essential component of your vehicle's ventilation system, and it is intended to keep the air inside your car as clean as possible. It traps dust, pollen, and other airborne particles before entering your car's cabin.
Over time, cabin filters become clogged with debris and lose their effectiveness. As a result, you may experience varying symptoms. To ensure that you and your passengers breathe clean air while driving, please know when to replace your cabin filter.
Signs That You Need a New Cabin Filter
Here are some signs that indicate that it's time to replace your cabin filter:
- Reduced Airflow: If you notice that your car's ventilation system is not blowing air as strongly as it used to, it could be a signal that your cabin filter is clogged.
- Unpleasant Odors: If you detect a musty or unpleasant smell when you turn on the air conditioning or heating, it could be a sign that your cabin filter is clogged and needs to be replaced.
- Allergy Symptoms: If you or your passengers experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, or itchy/watery eyes while driving, it could be a sign that your cabin filter is not effectively trapping airborne particles.
- Visible Debris: If you can see debris or particles on your cabin filter, it's a clear sign that it's time to replace it.
How Often Should You Replace Your Cabin Filter?
The frequency of cabin filter replacements depends on several factors, including driving conditions and environmental factors. A general rule of thumb is to replace your cabin filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first. However, if you frequently drive on dirt roads, in heavy traffic, or in areas with high pollen or air pollution, you should consider changing it more often.
Don't wait to bring your vehicle to South Park Tire & Auto Center for some freshening up today. We can perform a cabin filter replacement and make sure you check off all your maintenance for spring.