Air quality: Your health and your filters

Over the past few weeks, we have been seeing a lot of very dirty engine air filters and cabin air filters due to the poor air quality from the devastating wildfires burning here in California and the west coast.

Typically, in normal conditions, engine air filters can be in service for 30,000 to 40,000 miles in our particular climate. In severe conditions like we’ve been experiencing lately, they will need to be serviced much sooner than that.

In some cases, engine air filters can even cause poor engine performance due to the fine particles in smoke that can get past the air filter element and affect the sensitive electronics that meter the air coming into the engine. Some of the symptoms you may notice are lack of power, hesitation or misfiring, or your Check Engine light may come on. Please give us a call right away if you experience any of these problems with your vehicle. It could be an easy fix!

The main function of the cabin filter is to clean the air entering your vehicle while your heater and air conditioning is in operation or the fresh air vents are open. The fine particles that get through the cabin filter are also known to cause health problems, especially in people with allergies or asthma. We can replace your cabin air filter and sanitize the ductwork in your vehicle’s HVAC system all within a couple of hours.

It only takes a few minutes to inspect these filters and we are more than happy to offer a complimentary inspection while you wait. Please just give us a call to let us know you’re on your way.