4 Signs Your Cabin Air Filter Needs Replacing
‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is not something we can easily apply to everything, especially when it comes to our car’s cabin air filters. In fact, a lot of people are not aware they exist or what they are for. Although it is something not visible to us when we ride our cars, it is integral to a pleasant and safe riding experience as it ensures the integrity of the air we breathe in by filtering it from dust, dirt, pollens, allergens, pet dander, and other harmful particles.
How long do cabin air filters last?
Generally, car manufacturers would recommend replacing your cabin air filters every 12,000 - 20,000 kilometers. However, its lifespan is dependent on many factors such as your driving habits, driving conditions, and climate. Driving offroad in urban areas with poor air quality as well as driving with your pets can also impact your cabin air filter’s quality. With all these factors in play, you may have to replace your filters more frequently.
Unlike other car parts that automatically alert drivers when something is wrong or needs changing, cabin air filters unfortunately do not have that function. However, some obvious signs can tell you it's time to reach for that glove box and change your cabin air filter.
- Unpleasant or funky odor
Of course, the unpleasant odor inside your car can be attributed to other things such as spilled food or beverages, forgotten used clothing, or even dirty seat covers. However, if the funky or musty smell is directly from the air coming out of the vents, it is highly likely due to your dirty cabin air filters. The smell comes from all the dirt, debris, and possibly mold build-up which is harmful to your and your passengers’ health.
- Poor airflow
The cabin air filter is an essential part of your car’s air conditioning system. If the filter is clogged up and obstructed by dirt and debris, it can affect the flow of cold air from the air conditioner, which results in poor airflow and reduces your car’s cooling and heating efficiency.
- Noisy AC fan
An increased noise from your AC fans may indicate that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced. As the filter gets clogged and obstructed, the air conditioning system struggles to run efficiently and is working harder than necessary which causes the fans to create unusually loud noises.
- Increased dust/dirt on your cabin
Although it's normal for dust and dirt to accumulate when you enter your car or open the windows, an unusual increase of these especially by the air vents may mean your cabin air filter is failing to do its job and needs replacing.
A more pleasant riding experience
While it’s true that cabin air filters don’t last a lifetime, replacing them is actually relatively easy and simple. You don’t even need to take it to your dealer or auto repair shop because you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes. However, with so many options available, choosing the best cabin air filter is important.
If you suspect that your cabin air filter needs replacement, FreshenOpt provides high-quality filters that ensure a healthy driving experience and optimized freshness to your vehicle. Our cabin air filters will reduce the possibility of dirty air entering your vehicle and create an invisible shield to protect you and the people you care about.