If you’re an allergy sufferer, you probably stay on top of changing the air filters in your home. But how often do you change the cabin filter in your vehicle? Maybe you’re not in your vehicle as often as your home, but you’re still in it for a significant amount of time, especially if you have a daily commute for work. Here’s how replacing the filters in your vehicle can improve the symptoms caused by your allergies.
How often should you change your air filter?
Most mechanics will tell you your vehicle’s air filter should be changed every 12,000-15,000 miles. For your specific make and model’s instructions, check your owner’s manual. However, if you tend to drive in dirty, dusty areas often, like on unpaved roads, you may want to do it much more often. And if you live in a densely populated city, where air pollution is much more prevalent, you’ll want to change it more often as well.
What are the signs that your air filter should be changed?
If you’re suddenly not getting much airflow through your vehicle’s air conditioning system, this could be a sign of a dirty air filter. Other signs of a bad air filter are musty odors or loud AC fans. The filter needs to be clean enough for air to flow through without being impeded by debris. This debris can make it more difficult for your air conditioning to work properly.
A clean air filter prevents airborne allergens from entering your lungs and irritating your allergies. Make sure to ask about an air filter change next time you take your vehicle in to see the experts at Quality Lube Plus. Spring is the perfect time to start the season with a brand new air filter!