The cabin air filter is typically made of paper and fibrous materials. It's a rectangular object fixed around the front part of the car. The work of the cabin air filter is to stop contamination such as smoke, dust, dirt, pollen, mold, etc.
The contaminants can get in the car cabin during heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC system). It also keeps the bugs and rodents out of the car.
How Do Cabin Air Filter Work?
The air entering the cabin passes through the cabin air filter. The filter has papers and fibrous materials that trap the debris and allow clean air to enter the cabin. Eventually, when the debris builds up, the filter is replaced.
The driving conditions and the climate determine the filter life. For instance, if you drive on a dusty road, you must change the cabin filter regularly. Other weather conditions, such as the snow, can cause mold buildup, therefore, a shorter cabin air filter lifespan.
Benefits of Changing the Cabin Air Filter
Numerous benefits come with regular changes in cabin filters. Most of the benefits are health-related. And without further ado, let's look at the list of benefits:
- To Prevent Cabin Pollution
The filter sits between the road's exterior air and the cabin's interior air. This helps filter all the exterior pollutants, including exhaust fumes. However, dirty air can find its way inside if the filter is contaminated. Also, the cabin can run out of fresh air due to blocked air passages.
- Increase the Car's Air Conditioner Life
Once the cabin filter is clogged, the air conditioner works harder. It overworks when it pushes the cool air through the filter. As a result, the air conditioner can turn noisy or fail.
When the air conditioner overworks to push cool air in, it uses a lot of power. As such, the engine overworks to produce more power for all the electrical components. This can result in reduced engine lifespan and poor gas mileage.
A dirty cabin filter allows contaminated air, and mold quickly builds up. Afterward, the cabin will have a foul odor that can result in severe respiratory conditions.
Cabin filters have mileage, but some factors can trigger the need to change them earlier before achieving the mileage. Have a professional inspect and fix your HVAC system to avoid allergies and other health conditions. Visit our auto repair shop today and enjoy professional services.