Have you ever noticed that the air flow in your vehicle isn’t as strong as it once was? Or maybe your air conditioner is putting out a musty smell? If you have, it might be time to replace your cabin air filter!
There are two main types of cabin air filters, particle filters and absorption filters. Particle filters prevent dust and pollen particles from infiltrating your vehicle by trapping those particles with small fibers. Absorption filters are more advanced, blocking harmful gases and chemicals by the use of activation charcoal.
Over time, you might have noticed that the air from your air conditioner isn’t quite what it used to be. When your air conditioner is set to draw in air from the outside, it must first pass through the air filter, and if that air filter is clogged it will slow down your air flow and reduce the effectiveness of your air conditioner.
It is not uncommon to hear about people smelling a musty or mildew smell in their vehicle. Since air filters are made from a cloth type material they can absorb moisture and can sometimes mildew. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of the mildew smell is to change out the air filter.
The best thing about your cabin air filter is its ability to trap pollen and other allergens from getting into your vehicle through the HVAC system. When the fibers of the cabin air filter have reached the maximum amount of pollen that it can hold, the rest of the pollen and allergens will pass through onto the cabin.
Cabin air filters can be located in different places in the front interior of your vehicle and it is a fairly simple process to check your own. However, if you are experiencing any of these problems and are weary of checking it out for yourself, you can always swing by and have one of our technicians check it for you.