Your cabin air filter works hard to remove foul odors from your vehicle’s cabin space and keep your air conditioning and heating system performing at peak efficiency. When regularly replaced, these air filters can also greatly reduce your exposure to common allergens floating through the airspace in your vehicle. You can work with your preferred auto technician to identify and follow an ideal replacement schedule for your exact allergy mitigation needs. Here’s what you need to know.
Common Allergens Found in Vehicle Cabins
Organic matter flying through the air can trigger your allergy symptoms by activating the histamine response in your body. This reaction can result in minor to severe allergy symptoms, including a dry cough, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, and fatigue. Even with a short period of exposure, you could have these symptoms for up to a week afterward.
Common allergens that can make their way into your vehicle include:
- Grass, tree, and flower pollen
- Mold spores
- Soot and smoke
- Animal dander
With a clean cabin air filter installed, the allergen particles fail to make their way into your vehicle. Furthermore, the clean air filter will help improve the overall function and efficiency of your vehicle’s heating and air conditioning system.
How Cabin Air Filters Reduce Allergen Exposure
Cabin air filters feature a tough element that filters the air flowing through your HVAC system from outside your vehicle. The element traps small allergen particles without impeding airflow in any way. However, when the filter element fills up with dirt and debris, its ability to continue removing allergens from the air decreases.
You can prevent that situation by having a skilled and experienced automotive technician replace the cabin air filter on a routine basis. Your tech can quickly access and replace the filter by opening the heater box under your dash and swapping out the old part for a new one.
Ideal Maintenance Interval for Cabin Air Filters
As with engine air filters and similar parts, the manufacturer of your vehicle determines the ideal service interval for your cabin air filter. The manufacturer’s suggested service interval acts as an upper limit, however, for this particular part.
Your auto technician will help determine the best interval to use by assessing the level of allergens in your environment and your typical driving habits. If you put a lot of miles on your car in an area with consistently high allergen levels, your tech may suggest that you have the cabin air filter changed two to three times a year. For drivers on the other end of the spectrum, once yearly filter changes may be sufficient.
Schedule Your Filter Replacement Services at Your Preferred Auto Shop
If you haven’t recently changed your car air filter in the cabin, or just want to reduce the allergy symptoms you’re experiencing, come into your preferred auto shop for your spring vehicle safety inspection. You can schedule an appointment with Wheeling Auto Center by navigating to the online form and filling in your contact information. We’ll help you find the perfect cabin air filter service interval to follow for your exact needs.