Why Spring Is the Best Time to Change Your Air Filter

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When asked if you wanted your car to last longer, spend less money on gas, breathe fresher air, and spend less money on car repairs, you'd say yes. In that case, the next step is to change your car's air filter (or have our mechanics do it for you). The air filter is a small component that is often overshadowed by the oil, tires, battery, and alignment. However, it should still be a part of your comprehensive spring car cleaning and care routine.

The arrival of spring is a great time to tackle other car maintenance tasks too, so why not add checking the air filter to the list? The filter works to keep other major parts working at their best, namely the engine. It also purifies the air in your car's cabin and keeps it clean. If you need additional incentives to pick up the phone and call or make an appointment online for service, here is how changing your car's air filter helps.

Breathe Cleaner Air By Replacing Your Filters

Imagine closing all the windows in your home and turning a fan on in the attic to circulate air. You'd get a lot of dust and debris! Driving around with a clogged air filter more or less does just that in your car. The function of the air filter is to remove toxins and impurities from the outside air. But it if becomes clogged, it can no longer perform that function. So instead of removing pollen, dust, and dirt from the air, it sends them into your car's cabin. If you happen to suffer from spring allergies, that thought is especially unpleasant! Another reason to get the air filter inspected in the spring is that summer is just months away. If you don't get the air filter checked, you'll encounter the same problem of unclean air in the summer when you go to turn on the air conditioning.

Spend Less Money on Gas

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The air filters remove impurities from two places – the cabin and the engine. While having clean cabin air is important, it is especially critical for the engine. Without access to clean air, your car's engine will not work properly. Initially, having a blocked air filter causes the engine to work harder than it should. This causes it and its surrounding parts to wear out faster. If the engine works harder, it burns more fuel than it normally would. So an increasingly dirty air filter can also mean more trips to the gas station. Over time, these frequent stops add up! If you have noticed that your car's gas mileage seems to be dropping, a blocked air filter may be the culprit.

Clean Cabin Air Filters Help Cabin Air Control

When the air filter gets blocked, it can keep fresh air from entering into the cabin. Since it can't purify the air, the particles of dirt and debris must go elsewhere. This provides an opportunity for them to make their way into other components that regulate temperature in the cabin, including the heating and air conditioning systems. Since spring can bring fluctuations in temperature, there may be times when you need to use both heat and AC in the season. Imagine how disappointed you'd be if they didn't work!

Spring cleaning is just as important for your car as it is for your house. From regulating the temperature and air quality in the cabin to extending the engine's lifespan, the small air filter plays an important role in your car's health. If you want to make an appointment for an air filter inspection this spring, don't hesitate to give us a call.

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