ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar allergy sufferers can likely vouch for this: we’re experiencing one of the highest cedar pollen counts in about a quarter-century.
That’s according to measures taken Monday.
There are perhaps some unexpected places that could be contributing to you cedar fever: your car’s cabin air filter.
“In many cases, customers aren’t aware whether they have a cabin air filter or not,” said Joe Rush, owner of Rush Automotive.
Rush says many cars are equipped with cabin air filters. If they go unchecked, they can be full of debris that’s filtering straight through your car; thus contributing to your cedar fever.
“That’s part of a general multi-part inspection each time you get your oil changed,” said Rush.
With cedar levels at an all-time-high, Rush says you should check it more frequently, and replace them.
Your car’s cabin air filter also acts as a pollen filter, but that’s not the case when clogged. Road debris, grime and dirt are all prone to sneaking their way into your filters; especially pesky leaves.
“Those leaves get pressed down as you’re driving, and they get pushed through the fresh air system,” said Rush.
Cleaning off the leaves is a second box to check. There’s another measure you can take that you didn’t think to clean out: your glove box.
“That stuff can come over the top and drop over some of the air boxes,” said Rush.
Last but not least, an additional measure of precaution is a cabin air filter spray.
“It kills bacteria, mold fungus,” said Rush.