Benefits of Changing Your Cabin Air Filter
in San Jose, CA
Were you aware that changing your vehicle's cabin air filter regularly is an important step in maintenance? That's because it not only provides health benefits, but also makes a big difference in your vehicle's engine performance. Typically, our service technicians offer to change this filter while changing a car's oil, but many customers decline this service because they feel it's too expensive or don't realize the importance of replacing it on a regular basis. It should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but be sure to consult your owner's manual. If you live in a city or more populated area, you may have to change this filter more frequently. Learn more about the benefits of changing your cabin air filter below!
One of the biggest reasons cited for changing the cabin filter is pollution. By replacing the filter regularly, you can help reduce the ash, smoke and smog that enters the inside of your vehicle from any fires or dirty exhausts from other vehicles. By changing the filter on a regular basis, you can ensure that pollution remains on the outside of your vehicle.
Better HVAC Air Flow
Your vehicle's HVAC system is powered by the engine. If the cabin air filter is dirty and clogged, the engine has to work much harder to provide power for your vehicle's heating and cooling. When the filter is clean, however, the engine doesn't have to work nearly as hard to power the HVAC system, which means better fuel efficiency for you. Your heating and cooling systems will work much more efficiently, too â€” your cabin will cool down more quickly in the hot summer months, and it will heat up more quickly in the cold winter months.
Have allergies to anything environmental? You already know how bad it can be when those annoying allergens get to you. Cabin air filters help to reduce the amount of allergens that can get inside your vehicle. Pollen, dust and allergens can build up in your filter during heavy pollen seasons, so you may need to change it sooner during allergy season.
When you don't change your filter for some 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 in. By replacing the cabin air filter regularly, you can avoid inhaling 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.