To improve air circulation in the vehicle’s cabin and maintain the performance of the a/c system, you need to replace the ACC cabin filter at least once a year or every 12,000 miles. But if you frequently drive in heavily polluted places or along dusty roads, you should replace the filter more often, such as after every 6 months or every 4,000 to 5,000 miles.
If it’s now time for replacement and you’re looking for a new cabin filter, here are a few tips to help you get the right filter for your ride:
Make sure it fits.
To get the right fit, determine the specs of the original filter and make sure the new one has the exact specifications. If you’re purchasing online, make sure to check the part number and get one that ensures OE fit and function.
Know what the ACC cabin filter is made of.
Most manufacturers nowadays are kind enough to let you know what you will be paying for. This is particularly important for online purchases because you have no chance of personally scrutinizing the product before purchasing it. When buying from an online store, take time to read the product description to know the filter’s features, benefits, warranty coverage, and everything that makes it worth the price.
Upgrade to activated charcoal cabin filter if it’s worth the extra cost.
Activated charcoal cabin filters are generally costlier than OE filters. It is because the charcoal in ACC filter is activated or treated with chemicals, and then heated to trigger its odor-control properties. Charcoal is also capable of trapping even noxious gases, making the air inside the cabin cleaner. But if you’re only after the charcoal’s ability to trap toxic and odor-causing gases, you can settle for cabin air filters that have a charcoal layer. They will do the job well without costing you an arm and a leg.
So when does an ACC cabin filter become necessary? If you’re frequently driving in a highly populated or heavily polluted area with slow-moving traffic or you often pass a dusty terrain, that’s when an ACC filter becomes well worth your bucks. It’s also ideal for drivers with sensitive nose or people suffering from allergies and those who should stay away from airborne triggers.