It’s safe to say cars these days are pretty advanced in terms of safety tech such as lane keeping assist, blind spot monitor, surround camera system, front and rear parking aids and more. But what about air filtration?
After all, air filtration is now as key a safety feature as something like air bags. How else can we keep out the high levels of pollution we are experiencing not just here in the United States, but worldwide. But you can rest assured knowing that cabin air filters have come a long way since they were first invented in the 1950’s.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Cabin Air Filter, such as those offered by PUREFLOW®, are an example of the advancements seen over the years.
But what makes them different, and how exactly does a HEPA cabin air filter work?
HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air and is basically a type of pleated mechanical air filter. They are best known for their ability to remove as much as 99.97% of mold, pollen, dust, and other airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns. Needless to say, larger and smaller particles are trapped with an even higher efficiency, and this creates a contaminant free interior cabin.
If that in itself isn’t enough reason to shift to HEPA filters, premium HEPA filters by PUREFLOW have layers of activated charcoal that prevent harmful gases from entering the cabin along with antimicrobial technology to prevent the growth of mold, fungi and other potentially dangerous microorganisms.
Standard cabin air filters simply do not have the ability to match these numbers and cannot protect against gases like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide etc. This is why we highly recommend those living in cities with high levels of pollution to switch to HEPA cabin filter.
But having said that, HEPA filters end up trapping so many different types of contaminants over time that they need to be changed every 6 months to ensure they are working at their maximum capacity. If a cabin air filter gets clogged, you will start experiencing bad odors, poor cooling and heating from the HVAC system, increased noise from the blower motor, and in rare cases you might even see visible dust and debris entering the cabin. This obviously isn’t a comfortable environment to be in.
So the next time you’re questioning whether to have your car cabin filter replaced, keep in mind that it’s a simple process and takes less than 5 mins on most vehicles. It’s also important to remember that in today’s world, an advanced cabin air filter is a safety feature you really shouldn’t be driving without.
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