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Types of Car Filters and Their Purpose: A Quick Look at the Simple Cabin Filter

by H&h Admin

There are four main types of filters in every car; the cabin filter, fuel filter, oil filter and air filter. In this article, we talk about the importance of the cabin filter.

The cabin filter cleans the air which comes into the cabin of the car through the air-con and heating system. Whether or not you are using the air conditioner, the cabin filter – which forms part of the ventilation system – filters out airborne particles such as:

  • Exhaust fumes
  • Odours
  • Smoke
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Vegetation
  • Dirt
  • Bugs

In addition to the above, the cabin filter prevents muck from clogging up the vehicle’s air-con system. Anyone with respiratory problems or allergies will know just how important inhaling clean air is. 

Taking your car in for service timeously helps ensure that the cabin filter continuous to work optimally. Here are just three reasons why it is important to have your cabin filter changed:

  1. To breathe fresher air 
    The cabin filter allows you to breathe clean air, by filtering bacteria, pollen and pollutants. When your cabin filter becomes clogged up, you may experience allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, etc.  
  2. To avoid safety and visibility issues 
    When a cabin filter is clogged, it may partially block the airflow coming into your car. This can be problematic, especially when you need to defog the windows.
  3. To increase the life of your car’s A/C heating system 
    Having a clean cabin filter will maximize airflow and extend the life of your car’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.  

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