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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61 comments:

  1. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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.

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

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  10. 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

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

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  12. 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

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

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  14. 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. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. 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!

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

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  17. 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.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  19. our family does not have allergies thank god!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  21. we have no allergies in this house, luckily

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

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  23. 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

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

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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

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

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  27. 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.

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  28. Tweeted:

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

    Joey J.

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  29. We change the air filters often and keep the windows up to help with allergies
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  30. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/485162876349726720
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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

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

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

    amypugmire@live.com

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

    amypugmire@live.com

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  35. We both have mild seasonal allergies so i use two portable air filters in the house to help.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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  37. We change the filters in our furnace once a year.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/485583317480140800
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. We use portable/small steamers to soothe sinuses. They work quite well.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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

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

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  43. 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

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

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  45. My own way of dealing with the issues involves lots of cleaning, using allergy mattress protectors and opening the windows for fresh air.
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  46. Tweeted for a second entry
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/486942645214670848
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  47. 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.

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

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  49. https://twitter.com/618mom23boys/status/488396023329341440 vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

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  50. I have bad allergies. i change the filters in furnace and air conditioner often.
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  51. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/488875506993872896
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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

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  53. We reduce allergens by vacuuming often.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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

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

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  60. 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

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

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