Wombat brings home many things from preschool: stories, art, sand and wood chips and rocks and sticks and leaves and feathers from mitey birds (gah) and, of course, GERMS. So many germs. I like to blame preschool pestilence for putting our family through what has felt like a revolving door of maladies over the last nine months, but, given our symptoms, a lot of it is probably just environmental. I’m talking things like hay fever, pet dander, breathing recycled air inside a windowless office, and of course our multi-daily commutes through car exhaust and all the other wonderful contaminants floating through the air of dear old urban Oakland. Ah, the joys of being alive!
Simon in particular gets horrendous, drug-immune allergies this time of year, so when BlogHer asked if I’d like to try a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, I had them send one that would fit in his car rather than mine. That was super nice of me and all, but now I’m going to have to buy one for myself anyway because I like everything about it: the price, the easy self-installation, and the use of the magic ingredient in nontoxic cleaning and deodorizing: baking powder.
Lacking a lab full of testing equipment, it’s hard for me to give any measurable data on whether the air in Simon’s car is actually cleaner and fresher than it was with the ordinary factory filter, but here’s what I can say:
–Some experts recommend changing your cabin air filter yearly. If you get that done by the pros at the dealership, you’ll be out a lot of money each time. This explains why my air filter has been changed exactly never since I bought my car in 2007.
–You don’t have to be a pro at a dealership to install a FRAM cabin air filter. I did it by myself in ten minutes while the always-sleeping-in-the-back-seat baby was sleeping in the back seat.
–I’m not some paranoid conspiracy theorist out to rid my immediate environs of all potential impurities (I do not fancy living in a bubble), but I do know there’s a lot of gunk in the air that we could do without. FRAM cites a source that says the air in my car might be six times dirtier than the air outside, and this was especially apparent when I looked at what was caught in my old air filter. I was going to take a photo but decided to spare you. The FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filter catches 98% of dust, dirt, and allergens, but it’s the peace of mind I get from having the system–and one that’s affordable enough I can change it more often than every six years–that’s making the most immediate difference.
The FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters are majorly discounted on Amazon.com, but you can also find them in some brick and mortar stores that sell car accessories. Go to the FRAM Fresh Breeze website to see which filter model will fit in your car, and then click here to download a $3 rebate. For more info, follow FRAM on Facebook and Twitter.
And now you get a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Tell me about your favorite simple tricks for keeping the air in your home and car healthy, clean, and fresh, and you’ll be entered to win.
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