Your car’s cabin filter is an important part of the heating and air conditioning system. The filter helps protect the driver and passengers from contaminants in the air. This is especially important to passengers with respiratory problems and airborne allergies. If you live or work in Twin Falls, cabin filter service is about 20 minutes away when you take your car to the Con Paulos Service Center in Jerome. We’ll explain how the cabin air filter works and how to take proper care of it.
What is a cabin filter? Your car’s cabin air filter helps prevent pollutants like dust and pollen from getting inside the vehicle. If your car has a carbon activated cabin filter, it also traps exhaust gasses and odors. The cabin air filter cleans the air as it moves through the car’s heating and air conditioning system. If you notice decreased airflow or bad smells from the system, it’s probably time to replace the cabin filter at the cabin filter service near Twin Falls.
How does the cabin filter work? You’ll usually find the cabin filter behind the glovebox. It’s constructed of a specially engineered material, multifiber cotton or paper. The filter contains many pleats that trap the contaminants before they can get into the vehicle’s cabin, keeping the air you breathe clean.
How does the cabin filter protect my health? Clean air is especially important for drivers and passengers with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. The cabin filter removes pollutants from the cabin that can adversely affect the health of the vehicle’s occupants. Changing the cabin air filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations will allow it to operate at peak efficiency.
What other problems can be caused by a dirty cabin filter? In addition to health problems, a dirty cabin air filter can cause the air conditioning and heating system to work inefficiently. Because the heating and cooling system must work harder, it can lead to the blower motor burning out. The loss of airflow from a clogged cabin air filter can make the vehicle’s occupants uncomfortable. Additionally, the weakened flow of air can cause condensation to build up on the windshield, impacting the driver’s visibility. It also makes it more difficult to clear the windshield from fog and condensation.
How frequently should I change the cabin filter? Most automakers recommend changing the cabin air filter every 12,000-30,000 miles. Check your car’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s suggested schedule. Keep in mind that if you typically drive in urban areas, high-traffic areas, desert areas or places where the air quality is poor, the cabin air filter may need to be replaced more often.
How can I tell if my car’s cabin filter needs to be replaced? Signs that your cabin air filter isn’t operating efficiently include:
Weak airflow from the air conditioner or heater
Musty or other bad smells in the vehicle’s cabin
A whistling sound coming from the air intake ducts
Noise when you run the air conditioner or heater
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, bring your car to the Con Paulos Chevrolet Service Department for a cabin filter replacement. It’s fast, and it can make a big difference in your car’s ride.