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Cabin Air Filters

June 2012

Cabin air filters are common in later model automotive and heavy-duty on- and off-highway applications.

These filters reduce the amount of airborne pollutants and particles entering the interior of a vehicle through its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC), by capturing dust, pollen and other airborne contaminants.

A cabin air filter will protect passengers from airborne pollen, bacteria, dust and smog, reduce dust and dirt accumulation in the vehicle's interior and increase air conditioning and heat output and performance.

Most cabin air filters are in a location that makes it moderately easy to access and replace. Cabin air filters are typically located under the hood or cowl, or behind or under the glove compartment. The cabin air filter should be changed every year or 12,000-15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).

Hastings automotive cabin air filters come with easy-to-use installation instructions, which are also available online. These step-by-step instructions tell you where to locate your cabin air filter and how to replace it.

Cabin Air Filter Facts

  • Cabin air filters are incorporated into the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems on more than 85% of all new automobiles.
  • Most consumers and installers are unaware that cabin air filters exist on their vehicles.
  • Unchanged cabin air filters can impair the health of drivers and passengers, leading to headaches, nausea and allergies.
  • An estimated 85% of cabin air filters in cars today have not had their recommended replacement.
  • If a cabin air filter goes unchanged, the restricted air flow may cause decreased performance in heating and air conditioning.