How often should you change your pollen filter?

Pollen is an illusive particle. No matter how airtight your vehicle might be with windows and doors shut, it still finds a way to infiltrate your cabin.

And if you suffer from an allergy or hay-fever, you don’t need us to tell you how frustrating sneezing, coughing and a runny nose can be – especially when you’re driving.

That’s why it’s important to keep your air and pollen filters in top operating condition all year round. With that said, here’s everything you need to know to send pollen packing for good.

What is a pollen filter?

Otherwise known as a cabin filter, a pollen filter is a vital part of your vehicle ventilation system that cleans incoming air of soot, pollen and other particles before they enter your cabin.

As a standard component in most modern vehicles, it plays a huge role in creating a safe and comfortable driving experience, preventing you from unpleasant odours and allergy reactions when behind the wheel.

When should you replace your pollen filter?

As a general rule, you should replace your pollen filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. That said, it’s best to check the exact time to change your filters in your vehicle’s manufacturer manual.

However, if you feel your pollen filter isn’t performing as it should do, it’s wise to get it checked at your local service centre or garage. At C R Allen & Sons, we’re happy to check your pollen filters and advise on any replacement required.

How do you know if your pollen filter needs replacing?

Overtime, dust, debris and soot takes its toll on air ventilation systems, potentially leaving your pollen filter blocked, broken or faulty.

If you act quickly to repair your malfunctioning pollen filter, it might be the case you can save money by removing, cleaning and reusing the same pollen filter.

If, however, your filter is seriously clogged, your local garage will need to supply and install a replacement.

What happens once your pollen filter is replaced?

A pollen filter replacement is usually completed during a regular service. Depending on your vehicle and ease of access to the filter, it’s usually a fast and straightforward task for whichever local garage you decide to use.

Once your filter has been replaced, you will benefit from cleaner air entering your cabin, creating a more enjoyable driving experience. If you have an allergy, a new pollen filter can also help prevent any reactions whilst driving.

How much does it cost to replace a pollen filter?

The cost to change your pollen filter depends on several factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, the type of pollen filter and the labour charge at your chosen garage. For a quote to change the pollen filter on your vehicle, feel free to call us on 01273 584 987.

Other issues with air ventilation systems

If you’ve recently had your pollen filter changed but your vehicle is still blowing warm and stuffy air, it might be the case there’s another issue within your air ventilation system.

Although it’s impossible to know without a professional diagnosis, a leading issue in poor ventilation is typically caused by a leaking or low-gas air con system.

Book a pollen filter check

If you have any questions about your pollen filter, air con, or vehicle ventilation system, get in touch with our team today by calling 01273 584 987.