The entry of these pollutants can, in extreme cases, turn the entire passenger compartment into a comfortable breeding ground for pathogens. This is why it is essential to choose a quality cabin filter and replace it on a regular basis.
Thanks to its experience in research and development of new materials, UFI Filters has developed different types of FormulaUFI.Stratiflex filter media for cabin filters, which guarantee high filtering efficiency, resistance to moisture and microbiological neutralisation. This is why the UFI Group can offer three types of cabin air filters in its Aftermarket catalogue: from the traditional pollen filter to the activated carbon filter, which is also capable of blocking unpleasant odours, to the antibacterial filter of the UFI Filters Argentium® range.
The UFI Filters catalogue now offers over 700 references of cabin filters, 607 for cars and commercial vehicles and 111 for on-road and off-road trucks, covering over 19,000 applications. This range has grown significantly over the recent years, ensuring that more than 98.5% of all vehicles on Europe’s roads are covered by UFI Filters.
There are 363 pollen filters made with synthetic non-woven filter media, capable of retaining over 90% of particles with a diameter greater than 2.5 μm, such as PM10 fine dust, dirt and pollen. UFI pollen filters can be identified in the catalogue by the initial code 53.
196 carbon filters, on the other hand, are the references consisting of non-woven filter material combined with activated carbon, which also absorbs gases and odours, and blocks industrial and agricultural pollutants such as hazardous NOX, SO2, NH3 and VOC. UFI carbon filters ensure greater protection inside the vehicle and can be identified in the catalogue by the initial code 54.
UFI Filters’ exceptional 159 UFI Argentium® filters are equipped with antibacterial properties. The revolutionary filter media consists of three layers: structural, absorbent and antimicrobial, incorporating silver particles. Biomaster biocide silver, tested to ISO 22196:2011, can inhibit bacterial growth by up to 99%. Argentium® UFI filters can be identified in the catalogue by the initial code 34.
The concentration of dust in the atmosphere and the presence of different types of harmful particles, such as PM10 and PM2.5, depends on weather conditions and the geographical area. Their presence can be up to six times higher inside the vehicle, due to the ‘tunnel effect’ created through the ventilation circuit. The direct consequences of poor air quality while driving are: allergies, sore throats, sneezing, lack of attention at the wheel to reduced visibility caused by condensation on the windscreen and windows.
After autumn and winter have left their mark on the vehicle’s cabin air filter with moisture, dust, fine dust and debris, it is important to replace it for spring. The UFI Filters Group recommends changing the cabin filter regularly every 15,000 km, and at shorter intervals in particularly dusty areas, or every 6-12 months at the latest. This is essential for health and comfort inside the passenger compartment.
The UFI Filters Group has made available to its distributors a practical vademecum to facilitate the choice of the ideal passenger compartment filter.