With forest fires being a constant possibility, preparedness is vital. It's important to have your cabin air filter inspected and changed regularly by Oceanworks Berkeley, a good rule of thumb is to change your filter during every other oil change! This simple, yet important, service will help ensure vehicle longevity as well as clean air inside the car.
With the amount of smoke and debris caused by forest fires in the Berkeley area, it is very likely that cabin air filters in the local area will be severely affected. Cabin air filters are the first line of defense against contaminants that reduce vehicle cabin air quality. A cabin air filter should NOT be cleaned and reinstalled. Instead, it should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or per the owner's manual, or more frequently in areas experiencing heavy smoke, debris and contaminants, such as areas closer to the woods.
The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. Under normal circumstances, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, compromising interior air quality and damaging the system. Most cabin air filters are accessed through the panel in the HVAC housing, which may be under the hood or placed within the interior of the vehicle.
When is the last time you had your cabin air filter replaced? Call Oceanworks Berkeley today at (510) 845-5337 to schedule an appointment!