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I don’t just have seasonal allergies. I have year-round allergies. From pollen to pet dander to potpourri, if it has the potential to make anyone’s eyes water and nose itch, chances are I’m allergic to it. It reminds me of the pilot episode of The Wonder Years, in which older Kevin narrates that his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, was “allergic to his own snot.” That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.
As the owner of a dog who has to take trips in the car, as well as a resident of the South, I face allergens every day. So I was really excited to head to my local Walmart to purchase and try out the FRAM FreshBreeze cabin air filter for my almost-new 2012 Honda Civic. I headed to FramFreshBreeze.com and used the easy tool to choose my car’s year, make and model and was instantly able to find out the perfect size filter for my car. You’ll need to know this before you start purchasing your filter!
First of all, I didn’t even know my car had an air filter. But, yes, just like my house, it does. Unlike the standard filter for my car, the FRAM FreshBreeze is a carbon air filter that also includes Arm & Hammer baking soda to add deodorizing to the amazing filtering qualities of carbon. (I’ve changed enough air filters in my home to know that if you suffer allergies, carbon air filters are far superior to standard ones.)
Let’s see how this thing works. I headed out to my car to install it, almost certain that I would not be able to do this by myself, I would have to call someone who has fixed a car or two in their lifetime, and need assistance. Not so! It was extremely easy to open the cabin and take my car’s original filter out.
The box for the FRAM Fresh Breeze has a QR code you can scan on your smartphone to access a tutorial video. I tried scanning the QR code on the box during the installation, but alas, the video was not available. I really hope they fix that soon. I had to do it the old-school way and (gasp) actually read the instructions in the box.
One mistake I made was failing to line up the filters to make sure I was installing them the correct way. I assumed that because my old filter had the “down” arrows on the side that I immediately saw when opening the filter cover, that the arrows on the FRAM Fresh Breeze needed to be in the same part. So I slid my new air filter and realized it didn’t fit. Naturally I started trying to force it in there. Which of course you don’t do with anything because it will never work. So I finally decided to actually compare the two filters and line them up. Above you’ll notice they’re uneven just because the filters aren’t lined up. Let’s fix this.
That’s much better! So I slid my new carbon filter in. It fit perfectly!
I closed up shop and was ready to test this thing out.
I haven’t had much time with my new FRAM Fresh Breeze, but today I took Sebastian The Dog to the vet and somehow he managed not to fill the car with his rolling-in-the-grass, eating-weird-things-in-the-yard stench. This made me an extremely happy puppy parent, and I’ll continue to monitor this as I go on many more trips with dogs, cat owners, smokers, leftovers from Indian restaurants, and of course, my own sweaty self after I’ve been outdoors in the middle of July.
My entire purchase (including tax) was just over $20, and it will last me over 15,000 miles or for the next year – whichever comes first! That’s about as much as I spend for indoor air filters that I have to change every three months! I’ll remind myself to change my filter easily, because I happened to install it around May 1 – May Day, the day you’re supposed to start planting!
If you want to try out the new FRAM Fresh Breeze air filter, you can get a $4 mail-in rebate by visiting http://cbi.as/itn-w. I plan to use mine! Also, be sure to visit my G+ album in which you’ll see how easy it is to select, purchase and install the perfecgt FRAM Fresh Breeze for your car!
In the meantime, hope you survive the end of spring, the entire summer, and the dust, pollen and stickiness in between. Maybe the FRAM Fresh Breeze can help make it that much easier.