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Why Changing Your Cabin Air Filters Is Necessary

Wouldn't you love to breathe fresh, clean air while driving? If so, consider changing your cabin air filter. Going too long without changing it means potentially breathing in contaminated air. Make sure you change your cabin air filter as necessary to get the air you deserve!

What Is a Cabin Air Filter and What Does it Do?

A cabin air filter is an air filter, usually made out of multi-fiber cotton or other engineered materials, in your vehicle that filters out various air contaminates which include but are not limited to: dust, pollen, exhaust gases, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants. By doing so, it provides clean air to your vehicle's ventilation system. The cabin air filter also prevents your vehicle's ventilation system from being clogged up by debris such as leaves, for example.

When Should You Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

Typically, you would want to change your cabin air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles through various factors such as the air quality and climate in the area you drive in, as well as your vehicle's make and model. You should also change it if you notice any of the following warning signs: reduced air circulation in your vehicle, foul or unpleasant odor, reduced heating and cooling performance from your vehicle's HVAC system, more window fog buildup and/or window fog taking more time to clear up than usual, a whistling sound coming from your cabin air intake ducting, etc.

Costs of a Cabin Air Filter

On average, a cabin air filter isn't expensive. The price for one can range from $15 to $50 for the part itself and for a replacement job, $70 to $100 on average.

Cabin Air Filter Versus Engine Air Filters

Don't get confused between the two! While the two filters perform similar functions, the main difference between a cabin air filter and an engine air filter is where the air is going. The cabin air filter delivers clean air to you and your passengers, while the engine air filter delivers clean, filtered air straight to the engine.

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