Cabin Air Filters: Everything You Need to Know

December 21st, 2016 by

2017 Chevy Sonic Interior

These days, most drivers have a cabin air filter; but it’s not often you think about why you need a cabin air filter, or why you might need maintenance or service for your cabin air filter. It’s also important to remember that your cabin air filter is totally different from your engine air filter. While the engine air filter is an absolutely essential component of any vehicle with an engine, the cabin air filter is more of a modern convenience designed to eliminate airborne particulates, dust, and other things from air that enters your cabin. You can find out more about what you need to know about cabin air filters here at Chevrolet of Homewood.

Why Does Your Car Have a Cabin Air Filter?

Most vehicles that were built after 2000 have a cabin air filter. This filter will trap things like dust, pollutants, spores, and pollen, before they enter your climate control system and the cabin. These cabin air filters usually trap everything larger than three microns in size. This can help isolate you from allergens or harmful atmospheric pollutants, and even unpleasant smells, for an all-around more pleasant ride.

When Does Your Air Filter Need to Be Replaced?

The cabin air filter should be replaced when it’s dirty. Chances are, your vehicle’s manufacturer has a recommended mileage or age when the cabin air filter should be replaced, but you can also ask the service experts at Chevrolet of Homewood to examine your air filter to make sure it isn’t dirty. If you live in an area where there is a lot of dust or pollution, you may want to change your air filter more often than your owner’s manual recommends. Another indication that your cabin air filter may need to be replaced is poor performance by your climate control system, or unpleasant odors coming from your interior vents.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

Here at Chevrolet of Homewood, we can help make sure the air in your cabin is always fresh. Visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL to have your cabin air filter replaced. We’re minutes from Lansing and Calumet City, so stop by or schedule service online now.

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