From the first cherry tree buds blossoming through the leaves changing and pumpkins popping up on its hill sides, watching the seasons change in Massachusetts is amazing. But many residents in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton may shed more than a single tear during this multi-month transition, not because of their home state’s unrivaled beauty, but more likely because of itchy, watery eyes associated with seasonal allergies.
We’re smack in the middle of Massachusetts’ allergy season, and if there’s a musty smell lingering up front or you’re wondering why your allergies flare up halfway through your daily drives, it’s probably time to assess the state of your car’s air filtration system.
Check out some must-know facts below about the air in your vehicle and the best car air filter systems on the market to help ease allergies so you and your family can attack your next on-road venture all smiles instead of all sniffles.
Basic Air Filter Facts
As your car’s AC and heating systems help to condition the air in your vehicle, they wind up trapping a great deal of pollen, smoke, dirt, and pollutants that filter in from the great outdoors. After a while of driving with these systems engaged, this debris buildup can become highly concentrated and affect both the air quality inside your car and the overall performance of ventilation systems.
Having an air filtration system that combats and clears out this gunk can definitely help you breathe easier both when allergy season hits and year-round. That’s why the number one rule for the best air filter system in relation to allergens is a clean one! So the easiest way to gear up for spring is changing out your current air filter. It’s generally advised that air filters be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific instructions related to your car’s make and model.
Top Filter Finds
Below are two brands of air filtration systems that each have a varied-yet-effective approach to keeping the air inside your vehicle clean:
• FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin filters remove up to 98% of the allergens and pollutants that make their way through your car’s ventilation system. At the core of FRAM filters, Arm & Hammer baking soda absorbs and prevents harmful pollutants from entering your car and triggering allergies.
• Purolator BreatheEasy filters offer two options for enhanced in-car air purification: a standard particle trapper that uses multiple layers to catch and imbed air contaminants in its filtration strata and a charcoal-based filter that works to clean harmful gases, odors, and pollutants.
Installation and Replacement
In newer vehicles, the air filtration unit is accessible behind the glove compartment or under the hood near the windshield. If you’re driving an older car model, there may not be a place for an air cabin filter to be housed (vehicles typically older than 15 years fall into this category). If this is the case, it’s possible to have this unit installed and is highly recommended if you have serious allergies.
Cabin air filters are affordable—most have a price point of $20 or less—and come with their own guides for quick and easy installation.
No matter which air filtration system you choose, remember that the best air filtration system is a clean one. If it’s time to swap out your filter, you’ll definitely notice a difference.
For any questions regarding installation or issues with your car’s air temperature and quality systems, Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area drivers can contact their local Nissan 24 service center today or save time and schedule a service appointment online!