Benefits of Changing Your Cabin Air Filter | York PA
Were you aware of the importance of changing your cabin air filter regularly? Typically, our service technicians will offer to change it when changing oil, but many customers decline this service. We’re not sure if they don’t know the importance of changing the cabin filter, or if they think it’s too expensive. However, you should ideally change this filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but you should also consult your owner’s manual. Living in a densely populated area may also mean you need to change it more frequently. Did you know that regularly replacing this filter can make a difference in your vehicle’s engine performance? There are plenty of benefits, so keep reading to learn more!
Pollution reduction is a huge benefit to keeping a clean cabin air filter. It’s a commonly cited reason for regularly changing it, as the filter is the only thing standing between the outside air and the inside of your vehicle. It blocks much of the smoke, smog and ash from any pollution and dirty exhausts from other vehicles. By keeping a clean cabin air filter, you ensure that pollution stays outside your vehicle, which means you breathe healthier air inside.
Better HVAC Air Flow
The engine powers the heating and cooling systems, or the HVAC system, so when the filter is dirty and clogged, your car has to work much harder to power your heat or A/C. But when you have a clean and unclogged filter, the engine won’t have to work nearly as hard to power the HVAC system. This means better fuel efficiency for you, as well as more efficient air conditioning and heating, so you’ll stay cooler on those hot summer days and warmer on those cold winter days.
Have allergies, especially to anything environmental? You understand how aggravating it can be when those pesky allergens get to you. Cabin air filters help reduce the amount of allergens that can get inside your vehicle cabin — meaning less sneezing and no itchy nose for you. However, during heavy pollen seasons, allergens and pollen can build up in your filter so you may need to change it sooner.
When you don’t change your filter for a long time, mold can build up on it, which can cause bad smells and odors. Mold is also extremely bad for your health, as it’s very unhealthy to breathe it in. But by replacing the cabin air filter regularly, you can avoid breathing in that unhealthy mold.
If you start to smell odors in your vehicle’s cabin, or if you notice that your HVAC fan is running more loudly, schedule a service appointment with us and we’ll change your cabin air filter for you.