Summers bring a peculiar problem for car owners, the lack of shady places to park their vehicles. It is quite disconcerting to find all the good parking spaces taken up when you are out for the spin with your family and friends. The reasons why everyone wants to avoid parking in the sun are simple – the car cabin gets excessively hot and smelly.
While the cabin heating up is a natural phenomenon, the smelly part is not. Have you ever wondered about the pungent smells pervading your car cabin? If you have, then we are sharing some tips to get rid of them. If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time to give it more thought because most of these smells come from air pollutants present in your car.
So, let’s have a look at some common sources of pollution inside your car’s cabin.
If you are used to having meals on the go then there are going to be some spills and drops over time. While you may have cleaned up quickly enough after a food spill inside the car, some elements (of liquid variety) may get absorbed by the carpeting.
As we know, food spoils quickly and can give off a pretty nasty smell, so it is very much possible that a past food spill is causing the smell inside your cabin. Leaving the packaging of food items inside the car can also create similar polluting effects. Since the smell is caused by bacterial growths, it may also result in health concerns after prolonged exposure.
Degrades Air Filter
Cars come with a basic air filter to stop dust particles from entering the cabin when you are running the fan or air-conditioning. Over time it might have absorbed too much dust and odor inducing elements to cause the pungent smells you encounter when entering the car after it’s been parked a while in the sun.
Mould and Mildew
If your car has a musty smell when you turn on the air conditioning unit, it is most likely that mold or mildew has formed in the air conditioning unit. Since the air-conditioning unit’s evaporator collects moisture, it is the likeliest place to harbor mold.
During summers when you enter the car after a while in the sun, the air conditioning unit absorbs the perspiration from your body and bacterial elements in your sweat may speed up mold formation inside the unit.
A most common smell, when you enter a hot car cabin, is of heated plastic or rubber. Since most of the car’s interiors are made up of plastic the source of these smells is pretty much obvious. What’s not obvious is the harmful stuff that is hidden within the smell. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in adhesives and forms a colorless vapor when heated. It is also a known carcinogen.
Getting Rid of Bad Smells from Your Car
Since your car’s internal air filtration is not well equipped for removing these pollutants, buying a car air purifier with HEPA and activated carbon filters is the best way to solve the problem. HEPA filters are the leading technology in the air filtration industry today and can filter over 99% of dust pollutants from an ambient space like a room or your car’s cabin. The activated carbon filtration technique is also a widely used technology that removes VOCs, odors and gaseous elements from the air.
There are very few products in the market that combine both HEPA and activated carbon air filtration. The Move Pure Car Air Purifier is one such revolutionary product offering total protection in a sleek little package. The Move Pure Car Air Purifier sits inconspicuously on your car’s dashboard or under the seats and clears out the odors and pollutants affecting your health.