Spring is here! It’s time to change your cabin air filter
Spring is here! And, if you suffer from allergies, replacing your car’s cabin air filter during the springtime months is really important.
Your car’s ventilation system relies on this small filter to keep a steady stream of clean air flowing. While you can’t magically get rid of the pollen in the air, keeping this filter clean will ensure that the air inside your car is clean.
What is a cabin air filter?
The cabin air filter is a small, pleated filter, typically made from cotton or engineered cotton-like material. As air flows through your car’s HVAC system, it’s directed through this material which traps contaminants like dust, dirt, and pollen, preventing them from entering the cabin.
How often do I need to change my cabin air filter?
In springtime, when a lot of those contaminants are floating in the air, this filter is really put to the test. Usually, your mechanic will have this part on their radar and monitor it for replacement during your annual inspection. Replacing a dirty filter can improve the overall air quality in your car, which is critical when contaminants are (literally) flying around in the air. Plus, if the filter gets too dirty, it can also cause your A/C to work harder than it needs to once summer comes, eventually causing damage to your heating and cooling system and requiring a much bigger repair.
Is it time to change your cabin air filter? Read our recommendations.
Keeping up with regular, recommended maintenance helps extend the life of your vehicle and prevents high-cost repairs in the future.
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This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated to reflect evolving best practices in the industry.