When was the last time you’ve changed your cabin air filter? You’d be surprised to learn how many people can’t come up with an answer to this question. Cabin air filters are a maintenance component that is overlooked way too often, despite directly affecting the quality of the air you breathe inside your car. MANN’s FreciousPlus cabin filters are a perfect example of why cabin air filtration matters.
The Invisible Enemy
The air we breathe directly affects our quality of life. That’s a fact. When you’re outside, you’re taking in air that’s around you. In other words, your location dictates how the purity of air. However, when you get into your car, you’re placing a mechanical barrier between you and the outside air.
By the time fresh air reaches you, it is often packed with pollutants, irritants, and sometimes allergens. The only thing standing in the way of these harmful particles is your cabin air filter. That being said, not all cabin air filters are created equal. Some are basic by design — built to stop only the largest particles. However, some are designed to stop almost 99% of all harmful pollutants.
MANN+HUMMEL’s FreciousPlus cabin air filter represents a result of years worth of research and development. Why get a FreciousPlus filter? Here are just a few reasons.
Better Quality of Air
The primary job of any cabin air filter is to remove the largest debris particles that have somehow found their way into the cabin. MANN’s FreciousPlus filter uses an advanced particle filtration layer that is capable of trapping 100% of large particles such as tire dust, brake dust, dust you pick up from the side of the road, and similar debris.
The pleats in the filter are designed to catch these coarse particles and prevent them from moving any further. The ones that somehow keep moving after the initial contact with the filtration medium are trapped by the next pleat. As far as larger particles go, nothing comes through.
Carbon Infused Layer to Defeat Odors
The debris and particles we’ve just mentioned are harmful, but you can’t really smell them most of the time. In fact, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be able to tell they’re inside the passenger cabin. If you could, cabin air filters would be a much more popular maintenance item.
What you can smell are unpleasant odors that come from various sources around you. We’re talking exhaust gases, all kinds of fumes coming from your own car, as well as foul odors caused by ozone.
To defeat all of these, MANN has built-in a carbon-infused layer into their MANN Frecious Plus filters. If you were to take apart one of these, you’d find small granules of activated carbon that are spread out all over the surface of the filter.
Your HVAC system is the main route through which air is delivered into the passenger cabin. Since we live in a biodiverse world with plenty of microbial life everywhere you look, some of those microbes and germs get sucked into the intake of your HVAC system.
Having a hard barrier — an efficient filtration system between you and microorganisms is essential. MANN Frecious Plus features a built-in layer of polyphenol, a natural component that absorbs airborne allergens and prevents the propagation of microorganisms through your passenger cabin.
On top of that sits an additional layer of protection that acts as mechanical filtration. Overall, the result is removing and eliminating 99% of all microbial life, bacteria, and allergens that get sucked into the HVAC system.
Mold is a massive issue that plagues many HVAC systems. It’s not a matter of if but when mold will start to spread through your air vents. That is unless you have a cabin air filter capable of preventing mold from reaching the sensitive areas.
The issue with mold and fungi is that they can be extremely dangerous to one’s health, but you don’t really know they’re there until it’s too late. Once you notice them, you’re in for complete disinfection of your car’s HVAC.
If left unchecked, mold can penetrate into the passenger cabin and start growing on all surfaces. At that point, your vehicle is a rolling biohazard.
MANN+HUMMEL was one of the first companies to offer mold protection in their cabin air filters. This comes as no surprise considering that MANN makes some of the most advanced engine oil filters in the world. The same layer that takes care of the biological contaminates in a FreciousPlus filter prevents approximately 98% of mold growth inside your vehicle.
How to Achieve and Maintain Optimal Air Quality in your Car?
Although quite advanced by all metrics, MANN Frecious Plus filter can only filter so many particles before it becomes clogged up, just like any other air filter. Maintaining a good quality of air inside a car comes down to following a maintenance schedule.
The overall consensus is that your cabin air filter should be replaced every year. That way, you are guaranteed to breathe clean, fresh air every time you leave home and drive to work. If you’re not sure when you last changed the cabin air filter, it might be a good idea to do a full HVAC decontamination and then install a brand new MANN Frecious Plus filter.
How to Find a MANN Filter that Fits Your Car?
MANN+HUMMEL covers a wide range of vehicles with their products. Just about any car, truck and bus are compatible with MANN filters. To find the right one for your ride, simply head over to our online store, input your vehicle’s information into our navigation tool, and you’re all set.
Our system will give you a complete list of parts that match your car. Scroll down and select cabin air filters from the side menu, or select MANN from the list of brands. If you have any further questions regarding our offering of MANN filters, feel free to get in touch with us. Our customer support service is standing by to offer assistance.