It is not an official designation, but we are proclaiming April as Cabin Air Filter Awareness Month! Spring has sprung and after a long, wet winter, temperatures are warming up and we are getting out and planning weekend trips. This means there are large doses of pollen in the air and you are probably starting to run your car’s A/C system. How does your car prevent all that pollen from circulating throughout the cabin? The cabin air filter! Not to mention, think of everything in the air that your car has experienced over the past few months: large amount ash and soot from the wildfires last year, dust, mold spores, and other pollutants and fine particles. The cabin air filter’s job is to keep the air inside of your car’s cabin clean so you can breathe clean air as you drive. This can be especially important if you suffer from allergies, asthma, or lung, heart, or respiratory ailments. The filters can also catch rodent droppings, leaves, and other unwanted debris.
Besides improving air quality, replacing the cabin air filter may prevent an expensive repair. When the air filter is dirty, the A/C will work harder, causing strain on the A/C system and the motor. It is good to replace the air filter every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. You will probably be on the lower end if you park outside and under trees that drop a large amount of pollen.
You may have heard the criticism that auto shops like to push cabin air filters to customers. Well, we can’t speak for other shops, but at Paul’s Automotive, if we recommend a new cabin air filter, we take a picture of the dirty one and send the photo to you, as part of our complimentary Safety Courtesy Check.
You wouldn’t go years without changing the air filter in your house. Why do that to your car? To find out the condition of your cabin air filter and to schedule an appointment, go to: https://paulsautomotiverepair.com/appointments or call us at 916-444-7216. Happy clean air breathing!