The cabin air filter in a car is one of those parts that you can easily forget about. It doesn’t relate to the overall performance of the car and some drivers believe it is the same as the engine air filter. However, the cabin air filter is important if you want to save your family and their health. You should never neglect it or forget to change it. Let’s explore the importance of the cabin air filter, how it works, the diverse types and how often you should change it.
What Is the Cabin Air Filter?
The cabin air filter is an air filter outside the passenger compartment of your car. The sole purpose is to filter the air brought inside the vehicle cabin. It is important for the passengers, especially if you who wish to save your family health and breathing. It filters out dust particles, carbon monoxide from other vehicles, smoke and additional toxic substances that may harm the driver and passengers. Many modern cars have a disposable air filters.
What Are the Several Types Of Cabin Air Filters?
Almost all types of cabin air filters are made from a paper material that works as the primary filtering element. The main differences are the shape and size. As for the performance, some cabin air filters have the capacity to catalyze carbon monoxide. Even at low temperatures, the filter can transform this gas into a less toxic substance like carbon dioxide.
Some cabin air filters have a “HEPA” (High Efficiency Particulate Air) classification, which means that they perform well in the capturing of allergenic factors. These filters can capture up to 99.95% of particles of only three microns of size. Other filters are “ULPA” (Ultra Low Penetration Air) which means they can capture up to 99.99% of 0.3μm size particles. If you have spring time allergies, then these classifications have a special significance for you. If not, you can choose something with average performance and it will cover your needs just fine.
How Often Should You Change the Cabin Air Filter?
The answer to this question depends on a few parts. Changing the cabin air filter in your car depends on personal needs, health requirements, the place that you live, levels of air pollution in your area, the type of the filter and finally the manufacturer’s specifications. For example, if you are a person who suffers from allergies and you frequently travel on gravel and dirt roads or in the city, your cabin air filter requires frequent changes. Frequent changes are about once every 10,000 miles. If you live in a calm area with fresh air and you don’t suffer from specific breathing problems, you can safely keep it to up to 20,000 miles.
If you notice poor heating and air conditioning performance, funny smells and allergenic reactions or symptoms in your car, then it’s time for a change. Simply changing the cabin air filter will save your family from unbreatable air. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair will evaluate the entire AC system in your car. Our technicians will change the air filters and clean the system so you can enjoy the freshest and cleanest air in your car. Visit LMC Complete Automotive for your next auto repair in Spring, Texas.