Changing your cabin air filter is an easy way to ensure you and your family breathe cleaner, safer air. Your car’s cabin air filter acts like a face mask to prevent small particles of dust, pollen, car fumes and mould spores to penetrate your car. When it’s left unchanged for long periods, the filter can become clogged and these small particles make their way into your cabin. The best news is changing your cabin air filter isn’t hard, you can even do it yourself!
Reasons to change your car’s cabin air filter
Pollution, pollen, bacteria and all sorts of floating nasties can get into your car, and circulate through your car’s cooling and heating system. Not only does this sound awful, it’s also bad for you and your family.
Respiratory illnesses and allergies are common, and by breathing in pollution and dirty air, your airways can become irritated, making you more susceptible to illness. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, pollen and mould spores can worsen symptoms, leaving them tired and sick, even after allergy season has passed. And it’s all due to your car’s air filter!
If your health isn’t a compelling reason to change your air filter, here are a few more:
Changing your cabin air filter will:
- Minimise the dust, pollen and bacteria in your car. This is extra important for those with allergies.
- Decrease the exhaust fumes that penetrate your cabin from other cars
- Decrease overload on your car air conditioner. When your filter is clogged, your air conditioner has to work extra hard to pump air through the clogged filter.
- Minimise fogging of your windows to enhance safety
How to change your cabin air filter in 3 easy steps
- Find your cabin air filter
Most car’s cabin air filters are located behind the glove box, but others are in different locations. It’s best to read your car’s manual to find your filter easily.
Tip: You may need a Phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the glove box hinges. Other cars use clips, but have the screwdriver ready in case.
- Lift out the