7/01/2014

How To Install A Cabin Air Filter [FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter]


I live in a house full of allergy sufferers. Not your mild sniffle and itchy eye allergies either. I am talking swollen eyes, stuffy nose, take multiple allergy medicines and still miss school type allergy sufferers. I know there is nothing I can do to prevent my kids from coming into contact with dirt and pollen, unless I want to have them live in a bubble during the spring, but I do take reasonable precautions to limit the effects of their allergies. We replace the air filters in our home monthly, they shower every night before they get into bed, we stay in on windy days, and we keep the windows and doors to the house shut.
One thing I have to admit I never thought about was the cabin air filter in my car. The cabin air filter filters out the air that enters your car through the ventilation system. We owned our previous mini van for almost 10 years and never once did I change the cabin air filter. When I learned that FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters filter out 98% of the dust, dirt, and allergens that enter through the ventilation system, I knew I wanted to give it a try.



I don't do any of the maintenance on my own vehicle, so I didn't know how what to expect in the way of installation. FRAM® offers installation videos/instructions online that are easy to find. You just enter the year, make, and model in the drop down menus. Because my car is new, they did not have a video available, but a quick search of the internet uncovered one. For my 2013 Nissan Quest the installation is super easy. Watching the video took longer than replacing the cabin air filter.


I wish I had the cabin air filter from my old minivan. I can imagine it was pretty gross. We have had this van for a month and you can already see the dust that was in the old filter. I can only imagine what got THROUGH this cabin air filter. The cabin air filter that came with the car when it was new is much flimsier and lighter weight than the new FRAM cabin air filter I installed.

Did you know that the air inside your car can be six times dirtier than the air outside? It makes sense since we often recirculate the same air that is already in our car. The dirt and allergens come in and have nowhere to go! So your best bet is to keep them from coming in through your vents!! If you look in your car service manual, you will find the recommendation for changing cabin air filters. My car recommends it be replaced every 15,000 miles. Is it time to change your cabin air filter?


If you want to give a FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filter a try, you can download a $3 rebate here. With the FRAM Fresh Breeze filter you also get the extra added bonus of ARM&HAMMER® baking soda to help remove outside odors entering through the ventilation system. This will come in handy during the late spring when the number of skunks in our area always seems to skyrocket!

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152 comments:

Jennifer Schmitz said...

To reduce allergy symptoms I like to keep the house free of dust and pet dander so I dust and sweep regularly, change out air filters of course, and stay away from blankets, pillows, and fabrics that have loose threads or fibers that would irritate our sinuses :)

mysweetiepiepie said...

We don't have seasonal allergies but I make sure to make sure the furnace filter is changed often.

Natalie said...

My brother is allergic to pollen so we wash our clothes a lot and vacuum like crazy!

Natalie said...

I tweeted and my twitter id is @yarbr012: https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/484120322275155970..

Madonna said...

we use an air filter for the house and a hepa filter on the vacuum, never thought about the car.

Madonna said...

I tweeted as @avrilsgranny
https://twitter.com/avrilsgranny/status/484366372277727233

Kim Glasgow said...

Well I learned something new today. I never knew we could replace filters in our cars. I'm going to look into this for my truck. :-). I use essential oils to treat my allergies. I'm the only person in my house who suffers. We also replace are filters in our house every month.

Elena said...

we don't have any seasonal allergies, but we do change the air filters often

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Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/484494384709132288

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Mami2jcn said...

My son has allergies. One of the tips his doctor gave us was to have indoor clothes and outdoor clothes. After he's been outside playing, he changes his clothes once he's inside.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/484508387921506306

lil_lady_dz said...

Yes we do so We make sure to keep up on Cleaning carpets, bedsheets, floors, and curtains at least once a week to reduce pollen and allergies in our home. lil_lady_dz@yahoo.com

lil_lady_dz said...

tweeted- https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/484520423476838400 lil_lady_dz@yahoo.com

chambanachik said...

I had no idea about this, bur it's a good idea! In our home, we just try to open windows a lot and let in fresh air. :)

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Cheryl said...

I have a houseful of season allergy sufferers! I never had allergies until this year and I can't even leave the house without wearing a mask--these would be wonderful to use!

Cheryl said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/SavingForLater/status/484692824185532416 thesimplyblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

kellyr78 said...

Yes, we are seasonal allergy sufferers. My tricks for reducing our allergies is keeping the windows up on high pollen count days and changing the filters in our house and car regularly.
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kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/484701929419722752

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akronugurl said...

our family does not have allergies thank god!

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akronugurl said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/484724415004176384

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Lisa Brown said...

we have no allergies in this house, luckily

Lisa Brown said...

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/484734406179840000

Courtney B said...

we have bad allergies... it effects your health and lungs.we try to use allergy sprays we spray in every room and i try to dust a lot to keep the kids healthier vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Courtney B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/484739694979063809

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Kristen said...

We don't have allergies, but we still want the air we breathe to be as clean as possible!

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/484773624818044929

Joey J said...

Yes, my brother has severe allergies! We try not to have carpeting & are in the market for a new air purifier now..This $100 could really help lol

Thanks!

Joey J.

Joey J said...

Tweeted:

https://twitter.com/JoeyinSC/status/484966481214459904

Joey J.

susan1215 said...

We change the air filters often and keep the windows up to help with allergies
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susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/485162876349726720
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benz1171 said...

We take Benadryl (which is the only that works for us for now).

benz1171 said...

https://twitter.com/benz1171/status/485217777603448834

Tj and Amy said...

I check and change our filters regularly. I also clean the carpet regularly and dust.

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Tj and Amy said...

https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/485301120927924224

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LAMusing said...

We both have mild seasonal allergies so i use two portable air filters in the house to help.
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LAMusing said...

tweet! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/485522396233744384

Janice said...

We change the filters in our furnace once a year.
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Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/485583317480140800
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JC said...

We use portable/small steamers to soothe sinuses. They work quite well.
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JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/486355726466424832

One Frugal Girl said...

https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/486594943339995137

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One Frugal Girl said...

We bought a Roomba so we can vacuum under the beds without much effort. That keeps down on the dust.

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Courtney B said...

because i hate for my kids to get sick! and the best way is a good spray and dusting and cleaning at LEAST once a week!

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Courtney B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/486892140262211584

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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

My own way of dealing with the issues involves lots of cleaning, using allergy mattress protectors and opening the windows for fresh air.
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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Tweeted for a second entry
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wigget said...

it is important to keep the air in the car clean because i’m in there often and there are already enough fumes out there. also, i try to sweep up dust and pet hair to keep the house clean.

618mom said...

We have allergies and my 6 year old has Asthma. vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

618mom said...

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Tina said...

I have bad allergies. i change the filters in furnace and air conditioner often.
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/488875506993872896
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Amy said...

I have terrible allergies, and it can really mess up my day if they get aggravated. I definitely appreciate good quality air filters!

Gina Wildorchid said...

We reduce allergens by vacuuming often.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/489952346152370176

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Shelly Peterson said...

We dust and vacuum a lot and try and keep the door/windows closed as much as possible.

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Shelly Peterson said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/489983723794731008

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Rebecca Graham said...

I dust and vacuum to rid the house of dust and change filters in the car.

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Anna Pry said...

i would like to have better air filters to see what kind of difference it would make pryfamily5@gmail.com

Anna Pry said...

i tweeted https://twitter.com/thepryfamily5/status/490644502755827713 pryfamily5@gmail.com

Elle said...

We make sure that our pets are properly groomed often and we vacuum a lot to pick up dirt, dust and of course fur during shedding season which can get all over. We also make sure to change out the air filters and have an air purifier in the bedroom of the person with allergies in my home to keep the air fresh.

prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

Elle said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/491961490358812675

janetfaye said...

I clean and dust regularly to remove dust mites in my home. I use air conditioning and I keep windows closed during allergy season.

janetfaye said...

Tweet:
https://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/492546124184432640

latanya t said...

We change our air filter when we get our oil changed

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/492804717911617536

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Jayne Martin said...

I don't have allergy sufferers, but this still looks like a cool product.

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Jayne Martin said...

Tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin/status/493150331694379008

slehan said...

Luckily there are no allergy sufferers in my family. I didn't know about changing my car filter. I watched the video for my car and I have to remove the glove box to do it.
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/493561980762869760

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Ashley said...

Zyrtec is the only thing that works for me.

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ms-texas said...

i do have family members that have suffered from allergies - we had to endure allergy shots but it seemed to have helped significantly - I do try to keep my house very clean and dust free and that helps a lot as well

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ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/493951474444300288

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Cori Westphal said...

I find that a cold, wet rag can really help relieve those itchy, watery eyes!

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Cori Westphal said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/493965946814353409

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Betty C said...

We change air filters regularly and I use an air sanitizer in the bedroom. Unfortunately my car is too old to have a cabin filter so I just have to try to keep it as clean as possible.

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/494156153790541828

Whitney said...

We use an air humidifier quite often to help with the allergies and collect the dust.

Whitney said...

https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/494316382029234178

Lisa Voyce said...

We do suffer from allergies. I vacuum a lot and we have two air filters.

Kerry said...

We do have seasonal allergies and we use an air purifier in the house to help.
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Angi Welsh said...

I love that it's so easy to change it by myself.

ellie said...

My sons and grandsons are riddled with allergies. I dust and vacuum frequently and use air purifiers. I will have to try this.

ellie said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/494635020758183936

kari jasus said...

luckily we do not have allergies in the house!

kari jasus said...

https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/494645720620621826

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/494646386197934080
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Denise S. said...

I deal with spring allergies by staying inside and taking over the counter meds.

kathy pease said...

yes my hubby has allergies and tries to stay indoor on high pollen days

kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/494665921458212864

Barbara Montag said...

Yes I have seasonal allergies.
That's why we always take our shoes off when we come indoors.
That's a big help.
thank you

Barbara Montag said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/494669869158117376

jlafount said...

I suffer from allergies in the house. I try to vacuum up and bit and change sheets often

Stephanie said...

I hadn't even thought about this. Yes, we have some seasonal allergies. It's important for everyone's health because in CA you are always in your car. To help reduce allergies I clean and dust, have hardwood floors.
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Miranda Ward said...

My daughter has allergies and is asthmatic so I think this would be great!

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HilLesha said...

I vacuum at least 3x a week. :)

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nickieisis3 said...

My family and I have allergies, I try to vacuum often

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

We open the windows to let in fresh air and vacuum often as possible cause of the cats.

Thomas Gibson said...

I use an indoor air purifier to eliminate dust and allergens.

jtwark said...

i have allergies and we dust and vaccuum daily to help

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Anastasia Falling said...

I guess I don't really have any tips for reducing allergies for my family, except to close the windows on high pollen days. :) Fortunately, no one suffers from allergies on a regular basis. Just on those bad days when allergens are out to get us lol
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Anastasia Falling said...

Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/494770236973776897
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Denise Donaldson said...

I have allergies, and I vacuum daily,and limit opening the windows if I can.

Denise Donaldson said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/494782418318917633

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Leela said...

I clean often for them.

clc408 said...

I have a few seasonal allergies and fight them by vacuuming often and keeping things dust free.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/494796191960276994

Elizabeth said...

Yes, my little girl gets allergies pretty bad when the seasons start to change. I try to keep the house very clean and try to have her not go outside as much during this time.

Elizabeth said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Ladies_Lounge1/status/494811438074957824

Kelly Tupick said...

I suffer from seasonal allergies and the best thing that i can do is to try and keep the house dust free. It's not always easy as we have a wood stove and it just blows the dust so this is something i have to stay on top of.

Kelly Tupick said...

Here is my tweet url https://twitter.com/kt3us/status/494823131908169728

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Candie L said...

We make sure our air filters are changed out often.Thank you


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miriama said...

We were told to make sure no cats and if she wanted a dog to get a short haired one. And to keep pets out of the bedroom. We followed that (for the most part....keeping Chloe out of the bedroom was difficult) :)

miriama said...

https://twitter.com/miriama59/status/494829976143671296

Tracey said...

My family has no allergies but I keep the air clean with an air purifier.
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Jammie Morey said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/mommysdizzy/status/494845380790878208

Amanda Sakovitz said...

we use an air filter for allergies
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Amanda Sakovitz said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/494848779116240897
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bayctygrl said...

we all have allergies, vacuuming a lot helps

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RICHARD HICKS said...

We do suffer from seasonal allergies. We close the windows when the pollen is worst outside.

Allie G said...

I have allergies. I make her the house is clean and have an air filter

RICHARD HICKS said...

https://twitter.com/ardy22/status/494861069181939712

Erica C. said...

We have air purifiers to help.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

To reduce our family's allergies, I use HEPA filters in our home-I was not aware of the filters for our cars!

Tamara said...

These air filters look great! Mostly, we just try to make sure the dirt, dust and pet fur stay out of the car as much as possible.
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Tamara said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/494881465403211777

bev said...

I have asthma and a lot of things bother my breathing. I would love to try the FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters in my car. It’s surprising how dirty our air is. Thanks for having this contest.

Neiddy Ruiz said...

We do not suffer from allergies but I still like to keep my house and car as clean and fresh as possible which is why I like to ventilate, clean and disinfect as best as I can
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Neiddy Ruiz said...

shared on twitter -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/494895984837541888
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Laura Unger said...

Everyone here has allergies, so I vacuum daily with a vacuum that has a hepa filter, dust regularly, and make sure filters on the air conditioners are kept clean.

Thomas Murphy said...

We use a air purifier to help with allergies.

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Thomas Murphy said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/494909537216757760

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Mihaela Day said...

I have bad allergies so it is important to keep the air clean in my car and then I have a brand new baby that needs to breath fresh clean air

Valeen said...

Vacuuming obsessively and a great filter helps our allergies around here!

hbbs55 said...

my husband suffers from allergies, I try to keep the cat free on pollen, never thought about the air vents. good tip

hbbs55 said...

https://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/494927606953701377

PAIGE said...

We have no allergies but Clean air in the car leads to healthier families and more pleasant car trips.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

We get our carpets cleaned regularly to help with allergies.

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Fiddlin' Dandi said...

I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandidaffyhill/status/494951934227279873

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amanda whitley said...

my husband has seasonal allergies. I dont have any good tips except to keep lots of allergy medicine on hand and clean often

lgothard said...

My son suffers from seasonal allergies, I have to make sure the air filters are changed often and that I keep his room and the house free of dust!!

lgothard said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/lgothard/status/494979043804971009

Tabathia said...

Three of my kids have severe allergies, so the dr treats with prescription meds and we adjust their time outdoors

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Tabathia said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/494979238181629952

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Charity/CC said...

I have seasonal allergies, and my son suffers from all-year long allergies. I always change the filters on a monthly basis.

Charity/CC said...

http://twitter.com/ccboobooy/status/494985157581873153

April said...

We don't have any allergy sufferers in our house (our miseries are different!) but changing the air filters in the AC and in the vacuum is helpful as well as misting carpet or floors with water before vacuuming or sweeping to keep the dust from billowing up can be helpful.

Maria Simon said...

WE DO CHANGE FILTERS OFTEN BUT WE ALL GET ALLERGY SHOTS AND SO IT HELPS I THINK :)

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/494949636655026177

mickeyfan said...

We keep our windows closed as much as possible and wash our bedding regularly.

MCantu1019 said...

Try to keep house dust free.
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Christina G. said...

I do suffer from seasonal allergies. My favorite trick is to keep Benadryl and Sudafed on hand at all times. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina G. said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/PuffyBiggers3/status/495092265811861504