Benefits of Changing Your Cabin Air Filter | Livermore CA
Benefits of Changing Your Cabin Air Filter in Livermore, CA
Many car owners and drivers forget about the cabin air filter. Our service technicians will typically offer to change it when changing your vehicle’s oil, but a lot of customers decline to have it changed, whether it’s due to not knowing the importance of replacing the filter or because they feel it’s too expensive. Ideally, though, it should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but you can also consult your owner’s manual. Living in a city or more populated area may mean you’ll need to change the filter more frequently. Did you know that changing your vehicle’s cabin air filter can also make a big difference in its engine performance? Learn about the benefits of regular filter replacement below.
Reducing the pollution that enters your cabin is the most common reason cited for regularly changing the cabin air filter. Essentially, the filter is the only thing standing in between the outside air and the interior of your vehicle, meaning it blocks much of the smog, smoke and ash from any fires and dirty exhaust from other vehicles. By changing your filter on a regular basis, you can ensure that pollution stays out of your vehicle, which means you get to breathe healthier air in your vehicle.
Better HVAC Air Flow
Your vehicle’s engine powers the HVAC system, so when the cabin air filter is dirty and clogged, the engine has to work a lot harder to power your heating or air conditioning. When the filter is clean and unclogged, your vehicle’s engine doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to power the HVAC system. What does this mean for you? You’ll have better fuel efficiency. It also means your air conditioning and heating systems will work much more efficiently, too — so your cabin will cool down much more quickly in the hot summer months, and it will warm up more quickly in the colder months.
If you have an allergy to anything environmental, you know how terrible it can be when allergens get to you. Cabin air filters also help reduce the amount of those irritating allergens that get into your vehicle. Allergens and pollen can build up in your filter during heavy pollen seasons, so you may need to change it sooner.
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 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.