"The seasons are changing, and fall is in the air, literally. Ragweed pollen, mold, dust mites and other allergens make up a list of fall allergy triggers almost as long as the one for summer.
What most people don’t know is that most cars made after the late 1990's have a handy little component called a cabin air filter that helps alleviate some of your allergy symptoms, at least while you’re driving.
A cabin air filter works by filtering the air that enters your vehicle through the HVAC (heating ventilation and air-conditioning) system. Premium filters are made up of multiple layers that are designed to catch airborne contaminants like pollen, dust, soot, mold, smog, pet dander and other microscopic particles that could contaminate the air you breathe.
Car manufacturers typically recommend that the cabin air filter be replaced every 10,000 to 12,000 miles/15,000 to 20,000 kilometers, or at least once a year. In addition to an unpleasant odor and increased allergens in your vehicle, filters not changed at regular intervals can also result in decreased heating and air conditioning performance. A dirty cabin air filter can even cause a greasy film to form on windows, reducing your visibility of the road.
Einstein's Oilery gladly inspects cabin air filters free of charge and offers replacements when needed. So enjoy your fall road trips and keep allergies at bay by making sure your cabin air filter is clean!"
The above article was published in the Fall 2013 edition of Go Drive magazine.