As simple as it may be, the air filter plays a crucial role in preserving the life of your everyday internal combustion engine, and can greatly influence the performance and efficiency of your engine. As air passes from the outside of your vehicle, into the engine compartment and finally into the engine cylinders to mix with your fuel, it needs to be filtered to remove any particulate matter that may be abrasive to the mechanical parts of the engine and contaminate its oil. If this flow of air is obstructed, it could cause your engine to lose efficiency.
A common rule of thumb is to replace your filter every 12,000 miles or every 12 months, but that poses a problem – when people are done with their old, non-recyclable air filters they end up in a landfill. That’s not very green.
Most consumer air filters on the market today are made of paper that tends to clog very easily, blocking the flow of air to your engine. If the air flow is blocked even in the slightest, your engine could start burning more gas and losing efficiency. This can hurt your pocket while also hurting the environment. Fortunately there are different air filters that are making their way onto the consumer market. These filters, many of which are considered high-performance filters, are made of slightly different materials including cross-woven cotton and cotton gauze that are washable and re-usable. These materials also claim to allow for better air-flow, increasing the amount of oxygen and therefore allowing a more complete fuel burn.
There is one thing to note about these permanent air filters – They are a bit more pricey ($30 – $50) compared to the more traditional disposable paper filters ($10 – $12). This difference in price however, can be negated if you plan on keeping your current vehicle for a few years. For instance, let’s consider you own your car for five years and buy a new paper filter once a year. That will cost you roughly $50 – $60. If you pony up and buy a permanent washable filter for $40, and use it for five years, you save money.
Now, add the fact that permanent air filters save you money, to the fact that they are more eco-friendly and reduce our carbon footprint, and the decision becomes a bit easier. Permanent filters saves on the raw materials used to manufacture, package, and ship new disposable ones. It also keeps our would-be grimy old used filters out of our overflowing landfills.
The choice is yours, but we suggest you consider a permanent air filter next time your up for a tune-up, or maybe just when your car starts hacking up that nasty black smoke because it can’t breath anymore.
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Green Air Filter Cleaning Kit
The Green Air Filter Cleaning Kit is designed to keep your Green Air filter running at its optimum. While protecting and enhancing your engine’s performance, the Green Air Filter traps oodles of dust, dirt and debris in its cotton-fabric filter medium. Between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, depending on driving conditions, the Green Air Filter will need a cleaning. The handy 12 oz. pump-spray cleaner and 8 oz. pump-spray oil make for quick and easy maintenance. The Green Air Filter Cleaning Kit will deliver roughly 5 thorough cleanings or about 150,000 miles of top-performance filtration.
Green Air Filters
Pop open your air filter box, remove your stock filter and drop in a GreenFilterUSA High Performance Air Filter. Clean, free-flowing air is as critical to your engine’s performance as the octane of your fuel. Reduce the restrictions in your intake system, and you’ll increase the output of your engine. GreenFilterUSA High Performance Air Filters are engineered to maximize air flow while trapping harmful dirt particles. The result of this race-proven technology is increased horsepower, improved throttle response, better fuel mileage and greater torque. Payback is in as little as two years. And, you won’t be throwing anything out.
K & N Performance Air Filter for 2012 – 2015 Prius
K & N Air Filters increase air flow which translates into better fuel economy and performance. This is the same filter used in the Indy race Series. This K&N air filter is designed to achieve high, virtually unrestricted air flow while maintaining filtration levels critical to ensure long engine life.
K&N Filter Cleaner Kit
The K&N Air Filter Cleaning Kit was created to ensure your K&N filter is performing at its best. While protecting and enhancing your engine’s performance, the K&N air filter traps loads of dust, dirt and debris in its cotton-gauze filter medium. Under normal driving conditions, between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, it’s time for a scrub with the K&N Air Filter Cleaning Kit. After the filter has been swabbed, simply add the oil and you’re ready to roll. And, you can choose either an aerosol spray can or a squeezable bottle to apply the oil.
Purolator’s innovative technology helps you extend your line of defense when you step up to the new PureONE Air Filter. With up to twice the trapping capacity of conventional air filters, PureONE air filters feature exclusive Micronic filtration, allowing 70% less harmful contaminants into your engine and increasing airflow. Greater airflow improves horsepower and your overall vehicle performance. Increased airflow also means better fuel efficiency, which will save you spare cash where it counts, at the gas pump.