Stuffy Nose? It Could be Your Car.

Achoo! Have you cleaned your air filters lately? Most drivers have no idea how important air filters are to their car’s health—and theirs. So, let’s talk about the different types of air filters in your vehicle and how they help you.

Engine Air Filter—Every engine burns a precise mixture of air and fuel in order to get you where you’re going. Your car’s air filter cleans the air that is pulled from the harsh outdoor environment and into your engine, removing dust, dirt, and grime that would otherwise harm delicate internal parts.

A dirty engine air filter can impede your car’s performance—costing you money over time. Your engine can’t burn the optimal air/fuel mixture, so you don’t get as many miles per gallon. When your air/fuel mixture is out of whack, deposits of unburned fuel can accumulate inside your engine, damaging spark plugs and causing undue wear and tear on your engine.

Cabin Air Filter—Your cabin air filter does the same thing as your engine air filter, but it does it for the air your climate control system blows into the vehicle, removing pollution and allergens from the air you breathe.

A clean cabin air filter brings in pollutant-free air, helps allergy sufferers breathe easier, and improves the performance of your climate control system. It also prevents dust and dirt from being blown around inside your car so you won’t have to clean your interior as frequently.

How often should your air filters be changed? It depends on how much and where you drive. If you sit in stop-and-go traffic, drive down dusty roads, or commute through excessive construction, your engine filter may become clogged more quickly than if you’re driving is limited to clean, country roads.