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The hot or cold air which you get from the car vents while using your car climate control system needs to be filtered out before it reaches to the car cabin, cabin filter also known as pollen filter does this job of cleaning this air before passing it to the heating or air conditioning system of the car and in the result of this you get a clean air inside the car cabin.
While driving exhaust gases from vehicles in front of you and other harmful substances in the atmosphere are pulled into your car vents and enters into the car cabin, its really important to filter and clean this air before you breath this air that's why its very important to have a clean functional cabin filter installed in your car.
Dirty or clogged cabin filter does not have ability to clean and filter the air before it enters into the cabin of the car and the occupants of the vehicle are subject to dirt, dust and air borne allergies. If you are concerned about your health and deal with environmental allergies and asthma than its its very important to keep your cars cabin filter clean and functional.
The cost of Replacing a cabin filter depends on the make, model and part quality you select. Normally replacing cabin filter is a part of your annual oil service, there are three types of services regarding oil change. 1) interim service (it only covers your oil filter and oil), 2) full service (it covers oil, oil filter and air filter replacement), 3) major service (it covers your oil, oil filter, air filter, cabin filter, fuel filter and spark plugs (petrol cars). It is a best practice to switch between full service and major service once in a year to ensure your car's cabin filter is changed.
If you replace cabin filter as a part of major service you can save money otherwise on average cabin filter replacement cost is between £50 to £80 alone on a mid range vehicle like Ford, Vauxhall, BMW, Audi, Kia, Peugeot, Honda and toyota.