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Fall means football, tailgates, cooler weather, and changing leaves to many. To car and truck owners, especially in South Georgia, it also means it’s time to change your vehicles cabin air filter.

Before winter sets in is a good time to check your cabin air filter, after it’s been working hard all spring, summer and fall. Cabin air filters clean the incoming air and remove allergens, and according to the Car Care Council, should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or per the owner’s manual.

So what exactly does the cabin air filter do?

  • traps pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle’s air conditioning and heating and ventilation systems.
  • prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

What is that smell?

A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause musty odors in the vehicle and cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car compared to walking down the street. A restricted cabin air filter can also impair airflow in the HVAC system, possibly causing interior heating and cooling problems, important for staying comfortable this winter. Over time, the heater and air conditioner may also become damaged by corrosion.

To have your cabin air filter checked out or replaced, stop by D & R Intensive Car Care and let one of our certified technicians inspect it for you.  You can schedule your appointment online.  To learn more about cabin air filters, check out the Car Care Council’s website.