Many are doing spring cleaning in their homes, especially those who suffer from allergies to help alleviate the debilitating periods of discomfort the experience. They want a safe haven from the airborne invaders in the air, yet what about the place many of us spend several each day, our cars?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 5 Americans have allergies that impact their daily lives. You’re not necessarily safe just because you’re inside an insulated vehicle.
Clean and de-clutter your vehicle by getting rid of any trash and then vacuuming the seats. Don’ forget to vacuum the floor mats, dust off the dashboard and wipe down the exterior of your car as any pollen stuck to it can be transferred inside your vehicle through the air filters.
Then visit your automotive service center to check out three critical areas to make things more comfortable:
• A cabin air filter is a feature that cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Many cabin air filters are located behind the glove box, under the dashboard and may not be easy to reach, or under the hood where fresh air enters the HVAC system. Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer, check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the filter annually or even more often. Also driving in our desert climate where there is a lot of dust.
• A clogged air-conditioning evaporator drain hole filled with debris allows condensation, which is a natural by-product in using your AC system, to accumulate inside the evaporator case creating a huge nightmare for fungus and bacteria growth.
• The air intake near the cowl is the screened area usually right under the windshield wipers and door frame weather stripping for dead leaves, trapped dirt and other debris that hold moisture cultivating mold and mildew growth.
Call Desert Car Care of Chandler from now until April 30, 2014, to schedule your complimentary spring cleaning air quality inspection or make an appointment online.