Your car’s air filter is an essential part of the air conditioning and heating system. It helps to keep contaminants from entering the cabin. It filters out all kinds of impurities, including pollen, dirt, dust and even bugs. The air filter is especially important to passengers with allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions. If you live in Liberty Lake, air filter service is about 15 minutes away when you take your car to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center in Post Falls.
What is an air filter?
The cabin air filter keeps pollutants from entering the vehicle’s cabin. Some cars have a carbon-activated filter, which also traps exhaust gases and odors. The air filter purifies the air that flows through the car’s climate control system. If you notice diminished airflow or a bad smell from the climate control system, bring your vehicle to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center for air filter service near Liberty Lake.
How does the air filter work?
Air filters are usually made from cotton or paper fabric. You can usually find the air filter behind the glovebox. The air filter has several pleats that trap particles before they can enter the cabin.
How does the air filter protect my health?
The air filter keeps the car’s occupants from breathing in pollutants, ensuring the air in the cabin stays clean. Without a properly working air filter, passengers with allergies, asthma and other health issues would begin to experience discomfort. The filter becomes clogged over time and needs to be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
What other problems can be caused by a dirty air filter?
Not only can a dirty cabin air filter cause health problems, but it can also prevent the climate control system from working efficiently. Because the air conditioner or heater must work harder, the blower motor may burn out. The decrease in airflow will make passengers uncomfortable. It can cause condensation on the windshield, making it hard for the driver to see, and making it more difficult to clear the fog from the windshield.
How frequently do I need to change the air filter?
Most automakers recommend replacing the air filter every 12,000-30,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will specify the recommendations for your vehicle. If you drive your car in urban locations, heavy traffic, desert locations, or places where the air quality is poor, you’ll need to change the air filter more often.
How can I tell if my vehicle’s air filter needs to be replaced?
When your car’s air filter is clogged, you’ll notice one or more of the following:
Weak airflow from the vehicle’s climate control system
Noise when you run the air conditioner or heater
A musty smell in the vehicle’s cabin
A whistling sound coming from the air intake ducts
If you notice any of these signs that your car needs a new air filter, bring it to the experts at the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center. We’ll replace the filter quickly.