The cabin air filter or cabin micro-filter was first introduced on GM vehicles around the turn of the century (2000). Depending on how much you drive your Chevrolet, it is recommended that you have your cabin air filter replaced every 15k – 30k miles.
For those who drive a lot, you’ll want to do it closer to every 15k, and right at the beginning of Spring is the most optimal time to do it.
But why replace it so often? What’s so important about replacing your cabin air filter? Here are 3 of the top reasons to replace your Chevrolet’s cabin air filter regularly.
Reason Number 1- The air quality inside your vehicle. This one should be a no-brainer, especially as we head into Springtime. With all of the allergens and pollutants in the air, on top of the pollen, the cabin air filter inside your Chevrolet vehicle keeps the air you and your family breathe, clean and free of harmful vapors. This is typically the number one reason most everyone speaks about when it comes to cabin air filters, and rightfully so! Your health and the health of your family are priority #1. But, there are other important benefits of regular replacement.
Reason Number 2- Debris. If you park underneath trees a lot then this one is most certainly a reason to replace your cabin air filter regularly. Sometimes, through the outside air ducts near your windshield, debris like leaves, small twigs, and acorns can find their way into your vehicle’s HVAC system. A leaf or a small enough twig here and there isn’t a huge deal, but if enough of them find their way into the HVAC system of your Chevrolet vehicle it can affect the efficiency and intended operation of the system. In extreme cases, it can in fact damage the system which can turn out to be an expensive repair.
Reason Number 3- Engine Strain. A dirty or clogged cabin air filter will cause your vehicle’s HVAC system to work harder to cool or heat the interior of your Chevrolet vehicle. This means that the components that are directly tied to that system like the AC compressor now have to work overtime to do their job. This also puts a strain on other engine components like your alternator and battery because they now need to keep up with the additional power needed to run these components. And in the end, the thing that gets affected most noticeably is your fuel economy. Yes, that’s right, your cabin air filter can in fact make a difference in your Chevrolet’s fuel economy.
So make sure you have your cabin air filter replaced with a genuine OEM filter from an authorized Chevrolet dealer… Like Karl Chevrolet in New Canaan. Our service team would be delighted to help you at your convenience.