The cabin air filter is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It keeps allergens, bacteria, and other particles from circulating in the car’s interior. The EPA estimates that a single particle can carry up to 100 different infectious agents. If you are not changing your cabin air filter regularly, you may be putting yourself and those who ride with you at risk for illness!
This blog post will provide information on how often to change cabin air filter based on the make and model of your vehicle. First, we will discuss how to identify which type of filters are installed in your vehicle (typically either paper or cloth). Next, we’ll cover all the factors involved in determining how often you need to change them such as driving habits, dusty and smoggy environments, etc. We’ll also provide some general tips on how to properly install a new cabin air filter in your vehicle!
After reading this blog post you will know when it is appropriate to replace the filters in your car’s interior depending on what type of filter your vehicle has (paper or cloth) as well as how to install a new cabin air filter.
Cabin Air Filter Types Based on Vehicle Makes and Models
There are two types of cabin air filters available in vehicles today: paper and cloth. Paper filters can be found on cars made by Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Jeep, and Toyota while the cloth filter is installed as standard equipment in Buick, Acura, Honda, and Hyundai models.
Factors To Determine How Often to Change Cabin Air Filter
Air Filter Types
The type of filter a vehicle has is the first factor that will determine how often to change the cabin air filters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends replacing paper filters every 12,000 miles or annually and cloth filters every 30,000 miles or once per year.
These frequencies are based on average driving conditions with an outside temperature range between 20-90 Fahrenheit degrees. If you drive in extreme weather conditions such as snowing areas where temperatures hover around -30°F for long periods of time, it’s recommended to replace your cabin air filter more frequently than what NHTSA guidelines recommend.
Symptoms of A Bad Cabin Air Filter
If the air coming from your vents smells bad or has a sour odor, this is an indication of a clogged cabin air filter.
If you notice that it takes longer than usual for your vehicle to cool down after driving in hot weather conditions, there’s also another sign of cabin filter neglect.
And lastly, if you notice that your vents are blowing hot air, it could be a sign of low cabin filter pressure.
Tips on Cabin Air Filter Installation
- The following are some general tips on how to properly install a new cabin air filter in your vehicle!
- If you have a model with paper filters, be sure to purchase the correct type of filter for your car.
- If you have a cloth model, buying an appropriately sized replacement is simple and straightforward.
- Consult your vehicle’s manual or ask a mechanic for help if you are unsure how to install it correctly!
- After installation, check that there isn’t any dirt or debris in the housing of the new cabin air filter before putting everything back together again.
Engine Air Filters vs Cabin Air Filter – What’s The Difference?
The engine air filter cleans particles from outside the vehicle before they enter into the intake system, whereas a cabin air filter only cleans what has already entered your car through osmosis.
What Is The Purpose Of A Cabin Air Filter?
A cabin air filter cleans the air that flows into your vehicle before it is circulated in a closed system to keep dust, pollen, dander, and microorganisms from damaging sensitive components such as leather seats or upholstery.
The engine air filter does not clean particles inside of the car because they are too small. It only filters out what has entered through osmosis so you can breathe better while driving!
As we’ve seen above, many drivers don’t know the answer to this question and end up exposing themselves to an unhealthy atmosphere when they should be following NHTSA guidelines for changing filters at least every 12 months or 15 000 miles/year whichever comes first. The good news is that there’s never been an easier time than now since most cars come with their own reminder features which will let them know when it’s about time for a replacement!