Inhale. Exhale. Breathe Easy.
Why is it important to change the air conditioning filters in your home? Simply put, to keep you system running efficiently and effectively, and to make sure the air you’re breathing is free of pollutants and allergens. The same can be said for a lesser known filter that happens to be in your car. It is commonly known as a cabin air filter, but it is also called an interior ventilation filter, a pollen or dust filter or a passenger compartment filter.
Its role in your overall physical well being is obvious. Think of all the pollutants in the air you are typically exposed to while driving, especially in traffic jams: exhaust, dust and pollen for starters. Most newer model vehicles today are sealed pretty tightly, so little air from outside the passenger cabin gets in the car when all the doors and windows are closed. That explains how sometimes that last door you try to shut takes a little more effort. In addition to filtering out contaminants, cabin air filters help prevent the accumulation of debris on the evaporator core, which would cause the growth of mold and accounts for that musty smell in your car. Today we’re all much more aware of the health risks associated with mold. If your cabin air filter becomes clogged, it can cause damage to your car’s a/c compressor. When it’s not working efficiently, you’ll know because when you turn on your air conditioning, it just doesn’t give you the cold air as quickly, or at all.
So now you know a little bit about your vehicle’s cabin air filter. So where is it located? While I can’t speak for every make and model, typically you’ll find this filter either behind the glove box or underneath the dashboard. While it does take some work and effort to get to the filter, your technician can do so efficiently for you. Just like oil changes, it’s important to change this filter on a regular basis. With normal driving habits, you should have this filter changed once a year or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. Such a simple thing can help prevent costly repairs.
With a clean cabin air filter, you can breathe in, breathe out and breathe easy while in your car.
Johnny Nocera has been on the radio airwaves in Southwest Florida with “Dr. Johnny’s Car Clinic” WGUF New Radio 98.9 FM every Saturday morning from 9-10 for over 27 years. He also owns, along with his sons Jr. and Jimmy, Supreme Auto and Collision located in downtown Naples, and has been in business for more than 38 years.