MANY of us spend a lot of time in our vehicles, but the air quality can leave a lot to be desired.
With this in mind, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia (Bosch AA) is encouraging drivers to prioritise in-car air quality by fitting cars with cabin filters that have anti-bacteria and anti-virus properties.
Cabin filters, which form part of a vehicle’s air flow system, filters air flow from outside the vehicle into the cabin through the air-conditioning system and can improve the air quality.
Ear, Nose and Throat specialist Dr Rajveer Singh Saren, who spoke at Bosch’s “Mask Up Your Car” briefing session, shared insights on how air quality directly affects our health and immune system.
“Air pollution is a silent killer and has caused over three million deaths in South-East Asia.
“In Malaysia, the World Health Organisation categorises our air quality as moderately unsafe, ” he said.
“I have seen an increase in health problems such as asthma, allergies, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart attacks every year due to long-term exposure to current air quality levels.”
A Bosch AA study done in April this year had reported that 96% of Malaysian drivers were concerned about air quality in the car.
Exhaust or unpleasant smells and dusty air in the car were the two most common experiences (64% and 58%) drivers noticed, indications of a clogged filter.
“The new normal way of life has heightened the awareness of the importance of air quality in relation to our health.
“The quality of air in your car cabin – how much it stops airborne pollutants, bacteria and virus from the outside air brought into a car– can make a key difference between staying healthy and falling ill, ” Bosch AA marketing manager Dillion Goh said.
“We at Bosch encourage drivers to start making the air quality in the car cabin a focal point for health with prioritising the use of good quality cabin filters.
“Many drivers are unfamiliar with cabin filters as they are an unseen car part. They are in fact a simple, affordable and very accessible car part that helps limit airborne pollutants, bacteria and viruses from flowing into the car cabin, and reduces our exposure to them.
“It is with this additional protection that drivers and passengers can be safer in their cars without wearing a mask.”
A typical cabin filter filters out unwanted air contaminants and impurities such as dust, dirt, smoke, mold spores and pet hair.
Bosch Aeristo Premium cabin filter is woven and layered with an electrostatic charged material capable of filtering 98% of fine air particles at 2.5 microns. It has a natural polyphenol layer made out of plants that can restrain viruses by decomposing the virus protein.
The filter also has an anti-bacteria agent (to prevent bacterial growth), an activated carbon layer (to absorb and neutralise smells and harmful gases) as well as an anti-allergy layer that has anti-fungal properties.