Now take a deep breath, because what we are about to show you could come as quite a shock. In the latest Motoring About video we discuss how regular maintenance of your cabin air filter and cleanliness inside your car can reduce the amount of harmful contaminants entering into your vehicle via the heating ventilation and air conditioning system, whilst also providing a much cleaner breathing environment for you and your passengers.
Cabin Air Filter video transcript:
Hi I’m Karen Prater and welcome to Motoring About.
Now take a deep breath, because what we are about to tell you could come as quite a shock.
To be honest, I’m not what you’d call a fanatical cleaner — that’s not the shocking part by the way – but I do like to keep a clean and neat home.
And being a mother, it’s not just about keeping the house looking nice, it’s about maintaining a healthy environment for my kids.
Like many people, I use all sorts of cleaners and disinfectants to rid my house of any bacteria, moulds and mildews that can harm my family.
But I’ve never really considered the inside of my car in the same way
With the information we are about to share, you might agree that is not just AS important, in many ways it’s even more so!
A study by the Queen Mary University in London recently revealed that some surface areas within a car contained nine times more bacteria than found on a public toilet seat. How disgusting is that? I bet that’s already made you think twice about the state of your car.
A major cause of this is the increased prevalence of automotive Air-conditioning .
Not that long ago, air conditioning was only available for luxury cars and, for most of us, the only air conditioning was an open window.
Today there is hardly a car on the road that doesn’t have an air conditioning system and we happily drive around in a temperature controlled cocoon.
It’s within this bubble like environment that moisture builds up deep within the ventilation system.
This stale moisture combines with contaminants and constant temperature fluctuations to create the ultimate breeding ground for all sorts of nasty moulds and bacteria.
Just think about that musty smell that suddenly appears when you first start the fan?
Added to this is the build-up of dust, pollens and other pollutants that accumulate within the confines of the car and cause havoc for people with sensitive sinuses or those who suffer hay fever, asthma or allergies.
Thankfully, there is a lot you can do to combat these problems and ensure the cabin of your car is clean and healthy.
Many modern cars now have an additional filter called the Cabin Air Filter.
This filter traps dust and air borne particles before they reach the air vents in the car interior and like any filter, they need to be cleaned and replaced from time to time.
The start of each season is an excellent time to check these filters, or ask your mechanic to inspect them when your car is being serviced.
Another highly effective cleansing and protection technique is the use of sterilisation equipment such as the “Mist antibacterial treatment”.
This is basically a steam clean of the air conditioning system, using special equipment that combines chemical and nano technology to destroy the bacteria hiding deep within the evaporator core and air vents.
This treatment can be easily carried out at the same time as your car is being serviced and provides great peace of mind that the system is hygienically clean.
It also smells fresh too!.
And of course, just like you do in the home, don’t forget to regularly clean the surface areas in the car interior and be sure to clean up that spilt coffee or take away food!
The next time you have your car serviced at a Repco Authorised Service Centre, ask them to check your cabin air filter and Mist clean the ventilation system.
And you can breathe a little easier, knowing that your car is not only looked after by the best heads in the business, it’s cleaner than a public toilet!
Thanks for watching Motoring About, and please remember to stay safe on the roads.