When it’s time for your next air filter change, you might want to consider the advantages that a lifetime air filter can offer. While a lifetime air filter generally costs about 2 to 3 times the price of a cheaper, disposable air filter, there are many ways that a lifetime air filter will actually cost you less money in the long run.
While the purchase price of lifetime air filters is considerably more than a standard disposable air filter, most lifetime air filters will pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time. Depending on the area you live in, and the way you drive, a lifetime air filter may pay for itself in as little as 2 or 3 years. This is because you can simply clean a lifetime air filter and reuse it rather than having to purchase a new air filter every time it becomes clogged or dirty. In fact, if you live in an area where a lot of dust is present, or if you do a lot of driving on dirt or gravel roads, a lifetime air filter will usually pay for itself much faster because very frequent air filter changes are required with these types of driving conditions.
Lifetime air filters are usually constructed with materials that offer much better filtration, but they also usually allow much better airflow into your car’s engine. Increased airflow into your car’s engine improves the internal combustion process and allows your car’s engine to work more efficiently while producing more power. Because your engine does not need to work as hard, you will almost always notice improved fuel efficiency and better gas mileage. In fact, a high-quality lifetime air filter may improve your gas mileage by as much as 10% to 15%. It doesn’t take long for the savings on fuel cost to more than make up for the added costs of a lifetime air filter.
Because lifetime air filters are made with better materials and provide better filtration, they do a much better job of trapping potentially engine-damaging dirt, debris and other contaminants. Most of the time contaminants found in your car engine’s motor oil come from a clogged or dirty air filter. Because lifetime air filters do a better job at filtration, they usually provide for cleaner motor oil as well. Cleaner motor oil will mean less frequent oil changes, which will save you even more money in the long run.
Increased airflow into your car’s engine results in more efficient combustion and less wear and tear. Because lifetime air filters do a much better job of increasing airflow and filtering contaminants, your car’s engine will generally suffer much less wear and tear that can be caused by contaminants in your car’s engine or the engine struggling to create sufficient amounts of horsepower. This will almost always result in a better performing, longer-lasting engine that produces fewer problems and saves you money with fewer repairs.