Air Filters…What Are They and Why Do I Need To Change Them?

Breathe better and live healthier with a clean cabin air filter.

If you get headaches, allergic reactions or breathing problems riding in your car, it’s probably time to change the cabin air filter.

cabin air filter What is a cabin air filter? A cabin air filter cleans the air entering your vehicle’s passenger cabin via its HVAC system. Cabin air filters filter out pollutants, mold, mildew, road dust, fumes and allergens. Many people don’t even know they have a cabin air filter in their vehicle and most others aren’t aware of the health benefits of maintaining their vehicle’s cabin air filter. It’s a simple preventive maintenance step that goes a long way toward protecting passengers, as well as the vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

Is a cabin air filter different than an engine air filter? Yes. An engine air filter filters air going into you vehicle’s engine. A cabin air filter filters air coming into the passenger cabin.  A vehicle’s passenger compartment’s unfiltered inside air can be up to 6 times dustier than outside air.

How do I know if my vehicle has a cabin air filter? First check your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you’re still not sure, ask us—we’re happy to help you figure it out.

What about unpleasant odors in my vehicle? Eventually a cabin air filter starts to lose its effectiveness as it gets dirty with use. This may result in unpleasant odors and decreased heating and air conditioning performance caused by restricted air flow. A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause musty odors in the vehicle and cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car compared to walking down the street.

So when should I change my cabin air filter? To keep air quality at its best, filters should be replaced according to manufacturers’ recommendations, generally once a year or every 12- to 15,000 miles—more frequently if you drive in dusty or industrial environments.  Regularly changing cabin air filters also can maximize the life of your cars HVAC system by reducing debris and corrosion on the evaporator core.

Call Douglas Automotive Repair today, or use our convenient on-line scheduling form, if your vehicle needs a cabin air filter change. You’ll breathe a whole lot easier.

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Replacing your Dirty Engine Air Filter Makes for a Better Running Engine!engine air filter

Increased performance: a clean air filter improves air-flow to the engine and increases engine performance.

Lower emissions: a clogged, dirty air filter can reduce air-flow and choke your engine’s emission control system.

Longer Engine life: the air filter is designed to trap dust, dirt and debris that can damage an engine’s cylinders and pistons.

For every gallon of fuel burned, an engine can use up to 10,000 gallons of air. Changing out that old dirty air filter for a clean new filter makes for an easy way to save money and engine wear—mile after mile.

Call Douglas Automotive Repair  today, or use our convenient on-line scheduling form, if your vehicle needs an air filter change. With a clean air filter, your engine breathes better and performs better.

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