What Does A Cabin Air Filter Do?
Posted on March 12, 2020
Without a Cabin Air Filter thousands of uninvited passengers could be slipping inside your car, truck, or SUV each day. To fight off these dangerous contaminants, there's an area where an owner can help maintain and even improve the protection of their passengers - with a fresh Cabin Air Filter.
For many years Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep have installed Cabin Air Filters in their vehicles to protect occupants from the dirt, dust, pollen, and spores that are drawn into the fresh air vents. Many Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles have a Cabin Air Filter installed in-line between the air intake for the cabin and the HVAC unit, as a barrier to protect you and your passengers from breathing in pollen, mold, dust, bacteria, and other micro-pests that can attack your immune system.
Cabin Air Quality Can Be a Health Issue
And while those particles are a nuisance on the outside of your vehicle, they can literally be a health hazard when they enter the interior. Should you or a passenger suffer from a temporary or permanent respiratory ailment, these spores and mold can make life miserable.
If you're of the belief that you're enclosed in your car and thus already isolated from the containments mentioned, consider this: with the vehicle moving through the air literally scooping it up by the bucket loads, 35% of the contaminants you are exposure to each day are while you're driving. The other 25% are comprised of exposure at home, work, and in outdoor activity. How much is that? The U.S. Car Care Council says these types of contaminants can be six times more concentrated in a car than outside the vehicle.
Cabin Air Filters Require Inspection, Replacement
But in order to be effective, the filter needs to be replaced on a regular basis. By not servicing your Cabin Air Filter per the manufacturers' recommended interval can result in a lack of fresh air entering the cabin. A clogged Cabin Air Filter also places a heavier load placed on the heating and air conditioning system. In addition, an ineffective or missing filter can allow up to 80,000,000,000 contaminants per a single cubic meter of air inside your Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, or Jeep.
And under some conditions you may have to service the Cabin Air Filter more frequently. These circumstances can include driving in a dusty area or along dirt roads, your filter may load more quickly. The only way to know for certain if you drive in these conditions is to inspect the filter. Instructions are typically listed in your vehicle's Owner's Manual, but you can also have your Cabin Air Filter inspected by the certified technicians at Caledon Chrysler in Bolton.
Always Reinstall OEM- Quality Mopar Cabin Air Filters
Mopar Cabin Air Filters are superior to many of the filters you'd find in an auto parts store as they utilize an electrostatically-charged filter media that not only grasps passing containments but literally pulls them out of the air stream to grab and hold dust and other airborne particles. Mopar Cabin Air Filters are also manufactured to the same design criteria as the Cabin Air Filter installed in your Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep at the factory, so you know you'll the same quality that the design engineers specified and a perfect fit with no air leaks.
So check your Owner's Manual to determine if you're due for a Cabin Air Filter inspection and/or replacement. Further if you drive in areas where levels of dust, dirt, pollen, or spores are more prevalent you should have your Cabin Air Filter inspected more frequently. To do so is as easy as making a service appointment with Caledon Chrysler.