June 20, 2019

Van drivers advised to change air filters after record hay fever year

Following a record summer for hay fever, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is now advising van drivers to change their air filters to avoid getting ‘air filter flu’.

While the traditional hay fever season runs from late March to early September, Volkswagen says that van drivers and fleet managers could be struck down with allergies into the winter if they don’t get their filters checked.

Cabin air filters remove allergens from the air coming into your vehicle and help trap airborne particles like pollen, dust and bacteria. NHS England advises all drivers should buy a pollen filter for their air vents.

However, over time these filters can become blocked, and with the Met Office reporting that the pollen count hit a 12-year high in 2018, vans could now be harbouring harmful allergens.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says over a quarter of van users are failing to replace their cabin filters regularly, although it remains one of the key components checked by all Volkswagen Van Centre or Authorised Repairer technicians as part of their routine vehicle inspection. Available from Volkswagen Van Centres from £11.05 (exc. VAT) the brand says the filter change is easy, quick and inexpensive.

Genuine Volkswagen cabin filters consist of two layers, one which pre-filters large dust and soot particles while the second removes a large number of fungus spores and pollen that over time can harm people’s lungs.

In addition to reducing pollen levels in the cabin, Volkswagen says an activated charcoal micro filter layer reduces odours and absorbs gaseous pollutants, while helping to ensure better visibility by reducing fogged windows.

Trevor Hodgson-Phillips, head of service and parts for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Downtime remains a huge problem for van users whether that’s the vehicle being off the road or the driver. We advised van owners before the summer to replace old air filters to reduce hay fever suffering and it’s just as important to replace blocked filters ahead of winter, especially after a record year for pollen. This is an example of quick and low cost maintenance that helps to keep the driver and the van on the road.”