Dirty Cabin Air Filters and your Health

Your cabin air filter is a quick and easy fix, but it’s just as easy to put off. Many people wait to change filters to save a few dollars, but it could be harming more than your vehicle.

The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air before it enters the cabin where you and your passengers sit. When you run the fan and the A/C on hot summer days, you rely on the cabin air filter to keep the environment inside the car clean and comfortable.

Which means the cabin air filter catches bugs, dirt, and dust to prevent it from entering the cabin where you sit. Over time, the filter can become so filled with these contaminants that it can no longer do its job efficiently. The filter should be changes periodically so that it can continue to work properly.

A dirty air filter can block the air flow in the car, meaning you won’t feel as much air coming through the vents when you turn on the fan or air conditioning. But it also can affect your health… Dirty air filters can cause respiratory system issues, including sneezing, sore throats, shortness of breath, and allergy symptoms. They can even become a breeding ground for bacteria.

One surefire way to know it’s time to replace the air filter is when the car smells musty when you turn on the fan, a/c or heat. This could indicate the presence of bacteria and contaminants in the cabin air filter. Stay healthy stop by our shop to change your filter!

Guidelines for replacing your cabin air filter vary because it can be affected by the environment and conditions where you drive. If you spend a lot of time on dusty, dirt roads, you’ll need to replace the car air filters sooner.

The best way to stay on top of these issues is by having your cabin air filter checked with every oil change. When you bring your vehicle to JJ Tracks Tire & Auto Center in Monument for an oil change, our technicians will perform an inspection – we’ll let you know the condition of the air filter and when it’s time to replace it.

Keep up with the maintenance that will keep you and your vehicle healthy! To learn more about the cabin air filter in your vehicle or to schedule your next oil change and inspection, call us at (719) 481-4393 or request an appointment online.