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By: Kevin Morrow, Business Development Manager, Kimberly-Clark Professional Partnership Products  |   07.17.14

Without proper filtration, your car cabin's air could be more contaminated than what you'd breathd walking down the street. In order to improve the quality of your car's cabin air, it's important to make sure that you're using a quality car cabin air filter and to change it regularly.

Pollen. Bacteria. Mold spores. Dust. Exhaust gases. These are just some of the pollutants that can travel through a vehicle’s ventilation system and into its cabin. These microscopic particles can lead to allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses, and can cause car cabins to become dusty and dirty. 

What Can a Cabin Air Filter Do?

The right cabin air filter can:

  • Remove irritating respirable particles like pollen, bacteria, mold spores, dust and exhaust gases before they reach the breathing air inside the vehicle.
  • Reduce dust accumulation to keep the interior cleaner.
  • Keep heating and air-conditioning equipment cleaner for peak performance.

Maintenance Matters

A cabin air filter can only perform when it’s maintained correctly. That means replacing the filter once a year, every 12,000-15,000 miles, or as directed by your service manual. Keep in mind that driving in heavy traffic, urban or dusty environments, or on dirt roads may shorter the filter’s life. 

When cabin air filters become clogged or are not regularly replaced, the following may result:

  • Musty odors inside the cabin.
  • Heater and air conditioner may become damaged by corrosion.
  • Contaminants may become so concentrated that drivers and passengers may breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the vehicle than when walking down the street. 

When selecting a cabin air filter, choose one made with a filter media that has high particle capture efficiency and a low initial resistance to airflow. In addition, filter media that is moisture-resistant will not support microbial growth. 

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