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Did you know the cabin air filter in your vehicle is an important part of the heating and cooling system? Not only that but maintaining your cabin air filter can affect more than just that. 

Let's explore the benefits your cabin air filter brings to you and your vehicle.

What is a Cabin filter?

The cabin air filter lets you breathe easier while moving from place to place in your vehicle. It helps to remove harmful pollutants, such as pollen, dust and smoke, from the air you breathe inside your vehicle. This filter is a small, pleated unit, usually located behind the glovebox. Before air can move into the interior of your car, it goes through this filter, trapping any contaminants to prevent them from infiltrating the air you breathe.

With wildfires still a problem in Alberta and BC, a clean cabin filter will be a life saver. 

Signs you need to change your cabin air filter

There are 4 main signs to look for when your filter needs to be replaced

  • Reduced or weak airflow, even when the heat or air conditioning is set to high
  • A whistling sound coming from the cabin air intake ducts
  • Musty, unpleasant odors coming from the air in your vehicle
  • Excessive noise when the heating or cooling system is running

Consider speaking to your technician and replacing your cabin filter is you experience any of these symptoms.

Benefits of a clean cabin air filter

Changing you cabin air filter can make a huge difference in your vehicle's performance.

Pollution: The filter blocks a lot of the smog and dirty exhaust let out by other vehicles on the road. By regularly changing out your air filter helps ensure these undesirable pollutants don't find their way into your car's cabin.

Debris: While not common, the air filter helps to filter out some larger debris trying to get in through your HVAC system. Leaves, twigs, acorns, and other natural debris, especially if your vehicle is parked in an area with lots of trees or bushes can get caught in the cabin air filter. These can have effect on the efficacy of your air system and need to be removed. Also, if you find yourself in construction zones often, you are vulnerable to plenty of debris.

Allergens: Cabin air filters help drastically reduce the number of allergens that can get into your vehicle. Without an air filter pollen could easily get into your vehicle. The less often you change your filter, the more pollen that will build up, which could cause more of it to get into your vehicle.

Reduced Efficacy: When your cabin air filter gets clogged, your heating and cooling has to work harder to push cool or warm air through the filter. This can result in a noisy or ineffective system that takes longer to heat up or cool down. No one wants to sit in a hot car longer than they have to during a hot Alberta summer day. 

Engine Strain: Because yoru air conditioner or heater must work harder, your engine has to work harder to power these systems. This means having a clogged filter can actually impact your fuel efficiency. Save money at the pumps by regularly replacing your cabin air filter. 

We recommend changing out your cabin air filter every 20,000 to 30,000 kms. Talk to your service advisor or technician to find out if it is time for a new cabin air filter.

Changing our your cabin filter is often done during an oil change. The team at Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centre are ready to help you breathe easier this summer. While you can change the filter yourself, it can be tricky to get to, and our experts can take care of it quickly and easily. Call us today to book your next maintenance appointment and be sure to ask about your cabin filter! 

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