In most cars, the cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment or under the hood or dashboard. The filter prevents pollutants, such as dust, pollen and mold spores, from entering the vehicle through the HVAC system. It is important to change the filter so it works effectively. Recommendations vary on how frequently you should change it, but at least once a year is a good start. Here are the top five reasons you should change your filter.
1 – If you suffer from allergies or have other respiratory problems, changing the air filter in your car can make driving more pleasant. Pollen will collect on the filter and blow into the vehicle when the air is on.
2 – Hair and dander from pets not only gets in the carpet and upholstery, it will also circulate through the HVAC system. If you travel with your pets regularly, you will want to replace your filter as needed.
3 – An asthma attack can be frightening, especially when it happens to one of your children. Eliminate unwanted pollutants in your vehicle by keeping a clean air filter that won't aggravate respiratory issues.
4 – If you drive in heavy traffic, you are probably in an urban area with poor air quality. Changing your cabin filter will keep the air clean inside, even when it's dirty outside.
5 – Replacing the cabin filter will help the HVAC system run more effectively. When the filter is dirty, the system works harder.
Changing many cabin air filters is a manageable task for you to do at home, but if yours is difficult or you are not comfortable, bring your vehicle into a trusted AAA Car Care location to have it done professionally.